It was good to see some solid wins for commercial radio at this week's Sony Radio Academy Awards (Nick Ferrari on LBC as the Speech Broadcaster of the Year, and Kerrang 105.2 winning one of the Station of the Year awards, stood out). Also outstanding among the winners was David "Ram Jam" Rodigan on Kiss 100, rewarded after 30 years in the business with the Specialist Music Programme Award for his roots and reggae show.
The London Evening Standard relaunch
We didn't really get our heads around the logic of the Standard's "sorry" campaign, but now the new revamped London Evening Standard has appeared we're impressed by its bright new look and more lively content. Advertising support, through McCann Erickson, has also moved into a brighter, more upbeat phase. It's very impressive to see the Standard's new owners investing at a difficult time - we just hope they manage to pull in the readers.
The growth in mobile advertising
For years it looked like it would never take off and it's still a very niche medium, but it seems like mobile advertising is finally capturing the imagination of advertisers. Mobile advertising spend more than doubled to £28.6 million during 2008, according to the latest figures from the Internet Advertising Bureau/PricewaterhouseCoopers. Paid-for search formed a sizeable chunk of the spend, but it was good to see formats such as pre- and post-roll ads, as well as in-game advertising, playing a part.
Wallpaper*'s China issue
Wallpaper* magazine has spared no expense on its China-themed June issue. The issue, called Made In China, is literally that, as the IPC magazine temporarily moved its offices to Beijing and Shanghai to create it. The two pop-up offices were staffed by London employees, as well as the magazine's resident Asia correspondents. Features included a portfolio by the Chinese art photographer Li Wei, using performers from the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, and a portrait of the country's top models.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
The demise of The South Bank Show
We were sad to see The South Bank Show is to be axed by ITV. It made the arts more accessible and provided a small, but valuable audience to advertisers. It also seems unwise of ITV to lose the services of Melvyn Bragg who, as Lord Bragg, provided it with some gravitas and connections in the corridors of power. Sadly, the move seemed inevitable as The South Bank Show was moved to increasingly later slots. At least we've still got Sky Arts to watch when the appeal of reality TV contests wanes.