James Cridland to move to Brisbane
By James Cridland for media.info
Posted 14 September 2015, 7.00am edt
I've just said (most of) this on-stage at the Next Radio radio ideas conference:
Many of you know that I call myself a ‘radio futurologist’. I’m helping media companies across the world to implement change, and to better deal with what the future may bring.
The future, many people tell us, is one where the weather will be hotter. Where radio will be driven by personality and talent, not solely music logs. The future should bring us a stronger economy, and more revenue being put into content on-air. And who knows, the future might be a place where DAB radio stations even broadcast in stereo.
My family and I are moving to the future. Because towards the end of this year we’re going to Brisbane in Australia, where all of that is already happening: and where it’s already the future: at least, it's ten hours ahead of here.
For me, it means that I can better serve Asian and Australian media: a varied and exciting market with some of the best audience figures, yet some of the fastest-moving and most disruptive technologies.
My partner and I have many friends across Australian radio, and we've plenty of family in Queensland, too. And for our daughter, it means great schools and the space she needs to thrive. I'm looking forward to spending a sunny Christmas holiday with my Australian family.
Wish us luck!
Me & the missus have went over to visit family in Manly, Sydney on a couple of occasions & it is a super, but expensive destination for UK holiday makers. That is the only negative point about Australia with its very positive culture,covering all aspects of life! A great place to be for the young & not so young!
Saying that, I still love my homeland, Scotland.
Good Luck! Perhaps, you will tell us someday on how digital radio will be covered in the vast Australian outback. Will it be DAB+ or DRM transmission for rural areas in "the middle of nowhere". A terminology once used as a reference to Alice Springs.
PS Australia will be sweltering at Christmas...Willie Bone
Mr Grainger, a Canadian panned & discovered gold earlier this year near Wanlockhead, Dumfriesshire. It could be a saving on an Emirates return ticket from Glasgow to Sydney to follow a gold rush. Ha! Ha!
Talking about gold, I have done a retune on my DAB radio just now and have discovered both Radio Gold and Radio X are now broadcasting in Central Scotland, nice a return to Gold although its just non stop music, but I like it.
Michael - thanks!
Willie - it's not expensive now. £1 is worth well over $2.00, instead of the $1.20 that it probably was when you were there. Sydney is as expensive as London, that said...
Hey James! Exciting news... my early radio stamping ground... Brissie!
All the very best. And yes Australian radio and Oz itself, is a great lift-off point for taking advantage of much that is out there in today's technologies. Enjoy the journey!
P.S. I know FOUR XXXX is Queensland... but being the beer connoisseur you are there's a lot to discover (and don't miss out on JAMES BOAG!)
James Boag seems eminently missable-outable, Lee - but thank you! I appreciate that.
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