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Paul Murphy Paul Murphy | 19:15 UK time, Friday, 18 December 2009

fourth_floor_sml.jpgIn the post about the Audio and Music Interactive departmental the other day we covered Radio 1's Meet the Listeners day where people could send in for free an MMS message of themselves to build up a picture of the station's users (NB: The promised video is now live and very good too.) Ewan on the Mobile Industry Review website has written the critical (and be warned, fairly foul-mouthed) Radio 1 Free MMS day: Great idea, 3 years too late about the day. James Simcock, a BBCer who worked on the project has responded in the comments.

The Death of the BBC is Adrian Hon's interesting post that's attracted some good comments on what the BBC is and isn't doing online and what Hon thinks it should be doing:

There are many good people at the BBC who are fully capable of commissioning original, high quality, public service games. They're smart, they're skilled, and they're motivated by a real desire to help people, but they're hamstrung by the lack of a coherent and consistent games strategy. I have yet to see any BBC games strategy be articulated, and believe me, I have asked many times over the past few years.

"We Record the Voices in Your Head"

Say What You Want to Hear, a series of two plays on Radio 4 in the new year, is after your contributions to develop their story. Here's the pitch:
It's time to write down those secret things you regularly say to yourself or wish that other people would just come out and say. We'll record them for you (using voices that may surprise and delight you) and all of us can finally hear what's going on inside each others' heads.
There are some great examples on the site, and this is the one that the Internet blog wishes it'd come up with.

"I no longer have any idea of what's going to happen"

New Media Age's Nigel Walley in Is internet-enabled TV not a dodo after all? writes:
So as someone who earns his living forecasting media change, I'd like to declare that all bets are off. The world has clearly gone mad and I no longer have any idea of what's going to happen.
So hold that thought in the season of round ups, reviews and predictions of the year/decade next time someone tells you they're the digital Nostradamus. (NB: We'll be doing our round up next week).

On the Radio Labs blog there's an update on Windows Media and Listen again that some of you will find useful:

I wanted to give you some information on the status of our tests of the Listen Again service in Windows Media. This will be available for UK and International users, as a replacement to the RealMedia offering (which is being deprecated) - and will cover National, Nations and Local radio services.

Paul Murphy is the Editor of the Internet blog. The picture at the top of the page shows the view from the fourth floor of Blog towers.

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