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Beasley brings in Sedbrook to head digital

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 1:00pm

Beasley Broadcast Group announced yesterday it has hired Stacey Sedbrook as Vice President of Digital, to manage its social and online initiatives, develop and implement new media strategy, and coordinate digital and interactive efforts for all Beasley radio stations.

Sedbrook comes to Beasley from print media, with experience at The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, and the Denver Newspaper Agency.

Beasley owns and operates 43 stations in eleven U.S. markets.

Local media personalities to host Boston Herald Radio, which leverages paper's journalism resources

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 1:10pm

One week from today the Boston Herald will launch its own live (weekdaily 6a-6p) news and talk online radio station.

Boston Herald Radio will focus on news, talk, and sports for the Boston area, leveraging the journalism and technology of the major daily newspaper. Former Boston-area radio and television personalities like Jeff Katz, Jon Meterparel, Jen Royle, and Michael Graham will host daily shows. Herald reporters and editors will provide news throughout the day. Other elements from the newspaper (reviews, political and business reports, style and food segments, and pro, college, and high school sports) will be featured as well, reports Talkers Magazine.

[Pictured is Herald Editor-in-Chief Joe Sciacca (left) and Herald COO Jeff Magram in the new Boston Herald Radio studio.]

Rival paper The Boston Globe owns the online alternative rock music-centric RadioBDC, operated by former WFNX staffers (RAIN coverage here). (WFNX.com was an online-only station operated by the Phoenix Media/Communications Group in conjunction with alternative media newspaper the Boston Phoenix (see RAIN here). The paper and the station both shut down in March.)

Boston Herald Radio will use Backbone Radio technology, including its "Talk Radio" multi-line Internet-based phone system. The system allows for multi-caller and screening capability anywhere an Internet connection is available (meaning, outside the studio).

Talkers Magazine quotes Boston Herald publisher and president Patrick J. Purcell: "Internet radio is exploding and it makes sense that the Herald rounds out our multimedia platform with talk radio programming. It's perfect synergy."

Boston Herald Radio will be available on the newspaper's website, TuneIn Radio (site and apps), and via dedicated mobile apps.

See Talkers Magazine's coverage here. Read more from the Herald itself here.

"Pandora and Spotify" part of U.S. online ad market's 2017 surge past TV, predicts Mintel

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 9:35am

This year, online will overtake newspapers' share of the global ad market. And in the U.S., digital ad dollars could surpass television by 2017.

Medialife Magazine reports on a new report from market research firm Mintel, writing, "Online's sharp growth curve, combined with slight declines for television, will continue to be sparked by new innovations, such as mobile advertising and increased use of online video streamed directly to television sets. The growth of online radio services, including Pandora and Spotify, will also bolster online ad sales, coming at the expense of terrestrial radio. And the continued shift in consumption of information on digital devices rather than in print will prompt many advertisers to move their money out of newspapers and magazines and put it online."

Meanwhile, media agency Carat says online will overtake newspapers in the global ad market this year (they had earlier predicted it would happen next year). Digital will account for 15.3% of all spending in 2012, second only to television. Newspapers will account for 14.4%, says Carat.

Read more on these developments from Medialife Magazine here and here.

Alt-rock RadioBDC features former WFNX staffers; Triton Digital handling streaming

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 1:50pm

RadioBDCThe new web radio service from Boston.com -- dubbed RadioBDC (as in, Radio-Boston-dot-com) launched today at noon, following a montage of station production and string quartet versions (!) of classic modern rock songs. Dicky Barrett, frontman for local faves The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, called in to congratulate staffers and "front-announce" RadioBDC's first song, The Bosstones' "I Want My City Back."

Boston.com is a regional news portal owned by the Boston Globe. It attracts more than 6 million unique visitors per month. The site announced it would launch an online-only alternative rock web radio station back in June (RAIN coverage here), then hired on-air staff from the local alt rock station WFNX (which flipped formats after its sale to Clear Channel).

Triton Digital announced today that it will provide the station with its content delivery network (CDN), a Flash-based audio player and three mobile apps (available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices), as well as measurement and ad insertion. Additionally, Triton will provide audience engagement solutions including song and artist facts, lyrics, sampling and purchase options, content sharing and more.

The station will stream online at Boston.com (here). It will feature live programming (including news and lifestyle features) from 7am to 10pm every weekday and Sunday morning. At other times RadioBDC will stream alternative music. The stream will also include ads, though the "primary revenue generator" will be sponsored events, the Boston Globe reports (here).

Boston.com's general manager Lisa DeSisto says RadioBDC is "a way to deepen the engagement" of the site's visitors, Radio-Info reports (here).

"It’s all about attracting audiences and getting people to do things with us,” said Christopher Mayer, publisher of the Boston Globe. “We’ve seen people move from print to the Web, and from the Web to mobile. Why wouldn’t they also want our content in audio?”

Financial Times' digital subscriptions outnumber print, half of revenue is now digital

Friday, July 27, 2012 - 12:20pm

Financial Times on a tabletDaily newspaper The Financial Times says its digital subscribers now outnumber those for print. Plus, the publication says half of all FT Group sales revenue is now digital. TechCrunch calls the news "a milestone reached as the world of old media continues its push in a digital direction." 

The Financial Times' digital subscriptions number 300,000 (up 31% year-over-year) while print subscriptions are at 299,000. The publication's overall sales are growing too, pushed by digital which is outpacing overall growth "by quite some way."

Mobile has also become "a significant part" of Financial Times' operation, with 25% of traffic to FT.com coming from mobile devices.

TechCrunch has more coverage here.

NewOrleansReporter.org to deliver in-depth local coverage to web, mobile, and radio

Friday, July 27, 2012 - 12:20pm

NPR announced today its involvement with a new University of New Orleans venture to create a "multimedia newsroom" for in-depth local news for the Crescent City.

NewOrleansReporter.org will be a news website and mobile platform, with a presence on WWNO radio, the public station owned and operated by the university. It will reportedly be run by a staff of 10 to 20 producing news for the web, tablet, smart phone, social media, and radio. The site will also feature and link to other local, national and world news.

NPR, which is consulting WWNO on tech infrastructure and online revenue generation, says it hopes to have the new site live by year's end.

As an "open source," operation, all of NewOrleansReporter's content will be available for free to other local and national news outlets. In fact, the operation's success will be measured in part by how much of its content gets "picked up" elsewhere.

New Orleans, no stranger to hardship, will soon be the largest city in the U.S. without a daily print newspaper. The Times-Picayune announced earlier this year that it will print just three days a week beginning in fall.

"What we are seeing play out in New Orleans, with the Times-Picayune, is a scene we have seen repeated over and over in a lot of communities as newspapers have fallen on hard times," NPR EVP/chief content officer Kinsey Wilson told The Wall Street Journal. "[Newspapers'] weakening and sometimes collapse is leaving communities with a real information deficit. In broad terms, we have seen this as being an opportunity for public radio to be one of the emerging players, as the news business is rebuilt." (RAIN readers may remember Wilson as the keynote speaker at RAIN Summit West in 2010.)

NPR's press release explains, "The objective of the University and its partners is to create a strong, sustainable model for nonprofit, multimedia journalism that will serve the greater New Orleans area as an open source of trustworthy news and information for decades to come."

Read Wall Street Journal coverage here.

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