Media: Things we like

Radio's online future

While talkSPORT and Global Radio continued their spat over digital radio, there were more encouraging signs for the sector when it was announced that every station in the UK will be available online within months. The commercial radio trade body, RadioCentre, is in talks with the BBC to develop a system that could be in place in time for Christmas and will allow listeners to access all radio stations online for free. Welcome news for both commercial radio companies and their advertisers.

Fantastic Mr Fox

We really enjoyed Wes Anderson's reimagining of the Roald Dahl classic, especially the quirky attention to detail that marks out all of Anderson's films but reaches a peak in this stop-motion classic. Voiceovers are supplied by the likes of the excellent George Clooney and Bill Murray and, while Anderson injects some modern US sensibility into the story, it retains its charm, mainly due to the flights of imagination contained in all the character and set detail. The only British characters that remain in the film are those of the "evil" farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean - but then English villains do seem to play well in Hollywood.

Twitter's deal with Microsoft

Last week's announcement that Tweets will appear in search results on Google and Microsoft's Bing search engine could be good news for advertisers as well as for general users looking for information. Commentators are already suggesting that brands in the travel, entertainment and retail sectors will now make greater use of Twitter to offer real-time information and offers to consumers. This is clearly a potentially good revenue stream for all concerned.

The Post Office's media buying

We're enjoying the media buying aspect of the current Post Office ad featuring Sir Roger Moore almost as much as the spot itself. As we sat down to watch last week's showing of Live And Let Die (surely Sir Roger's best outing as the enigmatic spy) on ITV1, we were pleased to see the Post Office spot featuring in one of the ad breaks. Let's hope the ad campaign runs for as long as the Sunday afternoon Bond season on ITV.


The impact of the Royal Mail strike

Whatever the merits of the Royal Mail workers' strike (and it seems hard to fathom what it was specifically about), its impact in London over the months and across the country for the last week has been damaging for many magazine distributors. Our copy of The Week hasn't been arriving until Monday and the same is true for several of our magazine subscriptions. Sort it out Communications Workers Union and Adam Crozier, we're missing our magazines.


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