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YouTube goes social with new design update

YouTube's recent re-design, the biggest in its six year history, reflects a major departure from its heritage as a traditional linear video website in favour of a more socially orientated network.

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How to empower a brand online

According to a recent social media report carried out by web monitoring company Nielsen, American Internet users spent a combined total of 53.5 billion minutes on Facebook in May 2011.

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Sony Radio Academy Awards 2011 – BBC leads nominations list, Ronnie Wood gets two

The nominations for this year’s Sony Radio Academy Awards were announced today.

BBC Radio 2, 4, 5 Live and Absolute Radio lead this year’s station nominations, while Ronnie Wood has been nominated for two awards for his digital station Absolute Classic Rock and music radio personality of the year respectively.

BBC Radio 4 has the most nominations with 22,  Radio 2 has 17 while 5 Live has 16. Absolute Radio has the most nominations for a commercial station, with 14.

This year’s awards, now in their 30th year, will be presented at a lavish ceremony in May at Grosvenor House.  Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans will host for the third year running.

Full list of nominations

Breakfast show of the year (10 million plus)

5 live Breakfast – BBC Radio 5 live

Nick Ferrari at Breakfast – LBC 97.3

The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast – talkSPORT

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show – BBC Radio 2

The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show – Absolute Radio

Breakfast show of the year (under 10 million)

JACK’s Morning Glory – 106 JACK fm Oxford

Juice FM Breakfast Show with Adam and Leanne – 107.6 Juice FM

Key 103’s Mike and Chelsea in The Morning – Key 103

Simon James and Hill – Kerrang! Radio

The Graham Mack Breakfast Show – BBC Wiltshire

Best music programme

Dermot O’Leary Show – Ora et Labora for BBC Radio 2

Geoff Lloyd’s Hometime Show – Absolute Radio

Radio 1’s Chart Show with Reggie Yates – BBC Radio 1

Simon Mayo Drivetime – BBC Radio 2

The Radcliffe and Maconie Show – Smooth Operations (Productions) Ltd for BBC Radio 2

Best specialist music programme

Another Country – BBC Radio Scotland

Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service – BBC 6 Music

Jazz on 3 – Somethin’ Else for BBC Radio 3

MistaJam – BBC Radio 1Xtra

The First Break Show – Quidem Midlands Ltd for Touch FM 102, Touch FM 107.3, Touch FM 96.2, Touch FM 101.6, Rugby FM & Banbury Sound

Best entertainment programme

Bernie Keith – BBC Radio Northampton

Real Radio Breakfast with Ditchy & Salty – Real Radio Northwest

The Chris Moyles Show – BBC Radio 1

The Frank Skinner Show – Avalon for Absolute Radio

Westwood – BBC Radio 1Xtra

Best speech programme

A History Of The World In 100 Objects – BBC Radio Documentaries for BBC Radio 4

Jon Ronson On.. – Unique The Production Company for BBC Radio 4

The Infinite Monkey Cage – BBC Radio Science for BBC Radio 4

The Inside Story – Prison Radio Association for National Prison Radio

Victoria Derbyshire – BBC Radio 5 live

Best sports programme

5 live World Cup Breakfast – BBC Radio 5 live

BBC Radio Humberside Sport: Grimsby Town Relegation – BBC Radio Humberside

Drive with Darren Gough & Adrian Durham – talkSPORT

Fighting Talk – Worlds End Television for BBC Radio 5 live

Sportsworld – BBC World Service Sport for BBC World Service

Best news & current affairs programme

LBC Nightly News – LBC 97.3

Newshour – BBC World Service News & Current Affairs for BBC World Service

The World Tonight – BBC News for BBC Radio 4

Vanessa Feltz – BBC London 94.9

Victoria Derbyshire – BBC Radio 5 live

Best breaking news coverage

5 live Drive: Birth Of The Coalition – BBC Radio 5 live

Manhunt – The Raoul Moat Story – Metro Radio News for Metro Radio

Peter Robinson – BBC Radio Ulster News & Current Affairs for BBC Radio Ulster

The Last Days of Raoul Moat – Real Radio North East for Real Radio

West Cumbria Shootings – BBC Radio Cumbria

Best live event coverage

102.5 Clyde 1 at T In The Park 2010 – Radio Clyde for Clyde 1

Great North Run Coverage – Metro Radio

Saville Report Special – BBC Radio Foyle

The Glastonbury Music Festival – BBC 6 Music

The Ryder Cup on 5 live – BBC Radio 5 live

Best community programming

Divided We Fall – Mannmade Productions for Preston FM

HIV – A Life Sentence – Radio Wanno/ Media for Development for Radio Wanno

Jack in Afghanistan – 106 Jack fm Oxfordshire

The Brixton Hour – Prison Radio Association for National Prison Radio

Warning: May Contain Nuts – BBC Radio Berkshire

Best internet programme

Answer Me This! – Answer Me This

Flaps Podcast – Flaps

London Walks: Along the Thames with Iain Sinclair – Guardian Multimedia for The Guardian

Night in Hackney – Hackney Podcast

The Yamaha Download – TBI Media for Yamaha Download Podcast

Music radio personality of the year

Chris Moyles – BBC Radio 1

Frank Skinner – Avalon for Absolute Radio

Jarvis Cocker – BBC 6 Music

Ronnie Wood – Absolute Radio for Absolute Radio & Absolute Classic Rock

Scott Mills – BBC Radio 1

Music broadcaster of the year

Mark Radcliffe – Smooth Operations (Productions) Ltd for BBC Radio 2

MistaJam – BBC Radio 1Xtra

Paul Gambaccini – Howlett Media Productions & others for BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service

Ricky Ross – BBC Radio Scotland

Zane Lowe – BBC Radio 1

Speech radio personality of the year

Danny Baker – Campbell Davison Media (for BBC Radio 5 live)/ BBC London for BBC Radio 5 live & BBC London 94.9

Frank Skinner – Avalon for Absolute Radio

Nicky Campbell & Shelagh Fogarty – BBC Radio 5 live

Pete Price – Radio City 96.7

Stephen Nolan –BBC Radio 5 live & BBC Radio Ulster

Speech broadcaster of the year

Anne Diamond – BBC Radio Berkshire

Jeremy Vine – BBC Radio 2

Komla Dumor – BBC World Service News & Current Affairs for BBC World Service

Liz Green – BBC Radio Leeds

Victoria Derbyshire – BBC Radio 5 live

News journalist of the year

Jill McGivering – BBC World Service News & BBC Newsgathering for BBC World Service

Jim Reed, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat – BBC News for BBC Radio 1

Matthew Price –BBC Newsgathering for BBC Radio 4

Norman Smith – BBC Political Programmes for BBC Radio 4

Real Radio Yorkshire News Team – Real Radio Yorkshire/News for Real Radio Yorkshire

Best on-air contributor

Annabel Port – Absolute Radio

Ed Palmer & Simon Buschenfeld – Heart Network Comedy for the Heart Network

Mark Kermode – BBC Radio 5 live

Moira Stuart – BBC Radio 2

Steve Levine – Magnum Opus Broadcasting Ltd for BBC Radio 2 & BBC 6Music

Best interview

Danny Baker interviews Sir Elton John – Campbell Davison Media for BBC Radio 5 live

Jeremy Vine interviews Gordon Brown – BBC Radio 2

John Humphrys interviews Julian Assange – Today for BBC Radio 4

John Wilson interviews Peter Mandelson – BBC Radio Documentaries for BBC Radio 4

Neil Fox interviews Robbie Williams – Magic 105.4

Best use of branded content

95.8 Capital FM: Cadbury Spots v Stripes – Global Radio for 95.8 Capital FM

Alex Masterley on Classic FM – Classic FM

Rock ‘N’ Roll Football Live with Sky Sports – USP for Absolute Radio & Absolute Radio Extra

The Wadworth World Pub Quiz Championship on Absolute Radio – Absolute Radio

XFM: Lost Takeover – Global Radio for XFM London & XFM Manchester

Best single promo/commercial

Capital’s Summertime Ball Mash-up – 95.8 Capital FM

Eastenders – BBC Radio Cross Trails / Redbee Media for BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Local Radio & BBC Regional Radio

MFR Christmas Toy Appeal 2010 – Moray Firth Radio (MFR)

The BBC Proms – BBC World Service

The Haunting Sounds of the Vuvuzela -JWT London for Capital FM

Best promotional/advertising campaign

Capital’s Summertime Ball – I Can’t Wait To See…. – 95.8 Capital FM

Faces For Radio – Absolute Radio

Stuart Hall’s Wonderful World Cup on 5 live – BBC Radio 5 live

The FIFA World Cup 2010, South Africa on talkSPORT – talkSPORT Creative for talkSPORT

The Winter Olympics on the BBC – Fresh Air Production for BBC Radio Cross Trails on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 live & BBC Local Radio

Best competition

Beat The Star – Heart West Midlands

Fiver Fever – Real Radio Yorkshire

Magic’s Mystery Voices – Magic 105.4

Pink Custard Days – Wyvern

The Pulp Ticket Giveaway – Absolute Radio

Best station imaging

95.8 Capital FM

BBC Radio 5 live & 5 live sports extra – BBC Radio 5 live

Kiss 100 – Kiss 100 & Pure Tonic Media for Kiss 100

talkSPORT – talkSPORT Creative for talkSPORT

The Absolute Radio Network

Best music special

Lenny Henry’s Musical Journey To South Africa – Just Radio Ltd for BBC Radio 4

Neil Sedaka, The Music Of My Life – BBC Radio 2

The John Bonham Story – TBI Media for BBC 6 Music

The Man Machine – USP Content for BBC Radio 2

UB40 – Absolute Radio for Absolute Radio & Absolute 80s

Best news special

Coventry Blitz Special – Quidem Midlands Ltd for 96.2 Touch FM

Raoul Moat, The Final Hours – Real Radio North East for Real Radio

The Brown Years – BBC Westminster for BBC Radio 4

The Reunion: Hurricane Katrina – Whistledown Productions for BBC Radio 4

World Stories: Afghanistan’s Dancing Boys – BBC Audio & Music Factual/Uzbek Service for BBC World Service

Best feature

Between The Ears: The Haunted Moustache – BBC Radio Documentaries for BBC Radio 3

Heel, Toe, Step Together – Falling Tree Productions for BBC Radio 4

International Radio 1: Bobby Friction at Burning Man – BBC Radio 1

Sound of Snow and Ice – Loftus Audio/Rockethouse Productions for BBC World Service

Wireless Kenny Everett – Howlett Media Productions for BBC Radio 2

Best comedy

Just A Minute – BBC Radio Comedy for BBC Radio 4

Rhod Gilbert’s Bulging Barrel of Laughs – BBC Radio Comedy for BBC Radio 2

The Jason Byrne Show – BBC Radio Comedy for BBC Radio 2

The Unbelievable Truth – Random Entertainment for BBC Radio 4

Tom Wrigglesworth’s Open Return Letter To Richard Branson – BBC Radio Comedy for BBC Radio 4

Best drama

Every Child Matters – BBC Radio Drama Manchester for BBC Radio 4

In For A Penny – Tempest Productions for BBC Radio Scotland

Murder In Samarkand – Greenpoint Films for BBC Radio 4

RIP Boy – Red Production Company for BBC Radio 4

The Recordist – BBC Bristol for BBC Radio 4

Best use of multiplatform

A History of the World In 100 Objects – BBC Radio 4 interactive for BBC Radio 4

Absolute Radio’s Mobile Apps – Absolute Radio

BBC Introducing – BBC Audio & Music for BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 3, BBC Local Radio & BBC Radio 2

Beyond the Blitz on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire – BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Covering the Tube Strike – BBC London 94.9

Station programmer of the year

Ian Walker – Jack FM

Matt Deegan – Fun Kids

Moz Dee – talkSPORT

Station of the year (up to 300,000)

Central FM (103.1 FM)

Isle Of Wight Radio

KCC Live

Station of the year (300,000 – 1 million)

BBC Radio Cumbria

BBC Radio Derby

BBC Somerset

Station of the year (1 Million plus)

105.4 Real Radio North West

BBC London 94.9

Radio City 96.7

Digital station of the year

BBC Radio 1Xtra

Fun Kids

Planet Rock

UK station of the year

BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 4


Will Google Circles be the next Facebook or the next Google Buzz?

One of the biggest talking points in the social media world at the moment is this: when is Google’s next entry into the social space going to arrive and just how will it take on the giants of Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare?

According to technology blog The Next Web, Google is set to launch a new social networking service, Google Circles, in May. As yet, we know very little about this fledgling service, but what we do ‘know’ is that it is rumoured to be a content sharing service, providing users with the ability to share photos, videos and messages with only the “most appropriate of social contacts in their lives, not with all contacts in bulk”.

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Online rumours surrounding Google Circles hit fever pitch over the weekend when Read Write Web claimed the service would be unveiled on Monday at South by Southwest Interactive. Needless to say, Google was quick to quash the rumours but fell short on commenting whether or not the product existed or not.

Its existence seems rather assured, especially if you consider O’Reilly Media CEO, Tim O’Reilly’s now hastily deleted Tweet: “I’ve seen google circles, and it looks awesome. Tip of the iceberg too.”

As an idea, it seems reasonably sound, despite being a sure fire way to abuse our “social circles”. The idea of “social circles” i.e. more targeted content sharing appears to be a step towards a new phase in social media communication, which is more personal and relevant to its intended audience. But to be brutally honest, it does all seem like too little too late. Facebook, for instance, already offers users the ability to share content with specific sets of friends and groups, although with obvious limitations. Will Google Circles make an impact? For now it seems too difficult to tell, but one thing’s for sure: Google will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the PR disaster that was Google Buzz and that the service reaches people in a much broader way than Orkut has since its launch in 2004.

On paper Google Buzz sounded fantastic – a new tool allowing users to share messages, web links, photos and videos with friends directly through Gmail.  The problem arose from Google’s eagerness to compete with Facebook too quickly, by tapping into their existing 176 million users. As a result people started being followed by others without agreement, which lead to a plethora of complaints just days after it launched. Google was forced to concede defeat and announce that is was overhauling the service, which forced it to allow users the ability to opt out.

As for the future of Google Circles – although we don’t even know for sure if it exists – some industry analysts remain unconvinced, “Whatever Google comes up with, it almost certainly won’t be a competitive social network that mimics Facebook.”- Matt Rosoff,

So the question remains: why does Google want to go into direct completion with Facebook? Facebook is stronger than ever, with over 600 million users – will anyone really want to join a new service which offers the same basic tools? Even Twitter, which celebrates its 5th birthday next week, now provides users the ability to see photos and watch videos included within Tweets within the body of the site.

Whatever happens, the idea of a new addition to the market is definitely cause for excitement. But for now, we will have to wait until May to find exactly what it will do to the social media spectrum we have become accustomed to. Or won’t do…..

Will users go with the mFlow?

mflow, music, online, Twitter, social media

mFlow, a UK-based music service, which provides users the chance to earn money by sharing music with their friends, has now been moved into public beta testing having been invitation-only since December 2009.

Pitched as iTunes meets Twitter, mFlow is a brand new way of discovering music – an online music store combined with social networking.

mFlow allows users to listen to any 30 seconds of any track, from the services library, as many times as they like and then recommend it to their friends. The twist being, if their friends then buy it, they earn 20 per cent of the sale price, which they can then use to purchase more music.

Just like Twitter you can follow (and be followed by) friends, as well as musicians, DJs and record labels. Once you find a track you like, you can then ‘flow’ it to your friends. They can then listen to the track in full once for free and have the option of buying it. The same applies for any track your friends flow to you – therefore the more people you follow, the more tracks you get to get to enjoy.

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