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'Radio Connected: Technology Strategy Board Project' by Nikhil Shah & Grant Goddard


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Presentation of the 'Radio Connected' Technology Strategy Board Project by Nikhil Shah for Mixcloud and Grant Goddard for Festival Productions Ltd. at the Creative Industries KTN Convergence & Cross-Platform Content conference in Shoreditch, London on 17 July 2012.

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'Radio Connected: Technology Strategy Board Project' by Nikhil Shah & Grant Goddard

  1. 1. Technology Strategy Board, Creative Industries KTN Convergence & Cross‐Platform Content 17 July 2012 Radio Connected Technology Strategy Board Project Nikhil Shah, Mixcloud Limited Grant Goddard, Festival Productions Limited
  2. 2. Festival Productions LimitedFestival Productions Limited • Award‐winning independent radio producer for BBC and commercial radio  since early 1990s • Launched in 2000 as the UK’s first multi‐channel online  radio content aggregator with support from Microsoft • Daniel Nathan: chairman of Juice 107.2, Brighton’s local commercial FM  radio station • Grant Goddard: media analyst specialising in the radio sector; launched  large‐scale commercial radio stations in UK, Europe & Asia
  3. 3. PROJECT 1:  ‘TSB Collaboration Across Digital Industries Round 1’ • July/August 2010: recruited partners and developed project proposal • 19 August 2010: submitted Expression of Interest • 21 Sep 2010: attended TSB briefing meeting @ London • Oct 2010: consulted partners and drafted application • 4 Nov 2010: submitted application • Dec 2010: application successful • 2 Feb 2011: attended TSB new project workshop @ Swindon • 1 Apr 2011: project started • 30 Sep 2012: project ends TSB grant = £160,953 18‐month project
  4. 4. Internet radio model brokenInternet radio model broken inconsistent user experiencesinconsistent user experiences exponential growth in choiceexponential growth in choice lack of scaleable music licensinglack of scaleable music licensing inconsistent metricsinconsistent metrics
  5. 5. ‘‘Radio ConnectedRadio Connected’’ ProjectProject ‐ simplifying processes for listeners, radio stations and producers ‐ opening radio up to new voices ‐ creating new business opportunities ‘Facilitate the delivery & discovery of all Internet delivered  radio across all connected devices’ ‘Facilitate the delivery & discovery of all Internet delivered  radio across all connected devices’
  6. 6. content ownercontent owner broadcasterbroadcaster delivery  company delivery  company device  manufacturer device  manufacturer distribution  platform distribution  platform The ConsortiumThe Consortium + academic   partner + academic   partner University of  Westminster University of  Westminster
  7. 7. The ProcessThe Process 1 project1 project 18 months18 months 7 partners7 partners teams of  2‐3 partners 6 x 6 x mini projects quarters 2–3 partners
  8. 8. Project OutcomesProject Outcomes
  9. 9. PROJECT 2:  ‘TSB Metadata Production Tools 2 (Fast Track) Competition’ • 24 Mar 2011: attended TSB briefing meeting • Apr 2011: recruited partner and developed project proposal • 21 April 2011: submitted application • Jun 2011: application successful • 1 Sep 2011: project started • 31 May 2012: project ended TSB grant = £49,897 9‐month project
  10. 10. ‘‘RadioDeckRadioDeck’’ ProjectProject ‐ making radio more discoverable online ‐ opening up a viable marketplace for radio online ‐ democratising the radio medium ‘A toolkit comprising a browser‐based Content Management  System into which radio stations and radio producers publish  live linear or pre‐recorded on‐demand radio’ ‘A toolkit comprising a browser‐based Content Management  System into which radio stations and radio producers publish  live linear or pre‐recorded on‐demand radio’
  11. 11. content ownercontent owner distribution platform distribution platform distribution  platform distribution  platform The ConsortiumThe Consortium
  12. 12. PROJECT 3:  ‘TSB Digital Licensing Framework Contest’ • 27 Feb 2012: attended TSB briefing meeting • Mar 2012: developed project proposal • 22 Mar 2012: submitted application • 4 Apr 2012: application successful • 31 May 2012: prototype software delivered to TSB • 27 June 2012: public demonstration of outputs TSB grant = £19,000 2‐month project
  13. 13. ‘‘totallyradio Music Licensing For totallyradio Music Licensing For  RadioRadio’’ ProjectProject ‐ to automate the licensing process as much as possible ‐ to educate copyright users ‐ to simplify the licence application process ‐ to reduce the administrative burden ‘To provide a one‐stop online application solution to SMEs for  blanket licensing of music copyrights used in a radio context’ ‘To provide a one‐stop online application solution to SMEs for  blanket licensing of music copyrights used in a radio context’
  14. 14. Some TSB tipsSome TSB tips • Assign someone with an obsessive eye for detail to co‐ordinate the TSB  application • Read all the paperwork available from TSB and use a marker pen • Ask questions if you do not understand • Anticipate that the administration of the project will consume 4 times the  number of hours/days you anticipate • Never assume that you understand fully how TSB processes work • Realise that your Monitoring Officer faces the same challenges as you do
  15. 15. Good luck!Good luck!