Archive for May 5th, 2009

Interest rates unchanged

No surprises from the Reserve Bank today. Interest rates are unchanged at 3.00 per cent.

Samuel

1 comment May 5th, 2009 at 02:36pm

Weather Channel radio reports extending to Australia now

I just noticed what appears to be a new addition to the service lineup on the Fairfax Syndication website: state based weather forecasts from The Weather Channel.

The service is aimed at automated radio stations, with three weather bulletins being provided for each state per day. The service is similar to a well-established service run by the US version of The Weather Channel where they provide individual radio stations with forecasts relevant to their broadcast area which stations then add to their schedule. KXNT Las Vegas are a good example of this, as they receive multiple updates per day from The Weather Channel, and have their newsreader provide the current temperatures at the end of the forecast:

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Whilst KXNT do this in a live environment, I can see how this would work perfectly in an automated environment where a local presenter could record a bunch of temperature announcements and the automation could play the relevant temperature announcement straight after the Weather Channel forecast. The only issue I see with this Australian version though is that, with the exception of the ACT, a state/territory forecast is not going to be very locally relevant, and wouldn’t be an ideal replacement for the local forecast.

It will be interesting to see how many stations pick up this service, and how they use it. I can only assume that, at some future stage, more specific forecasts will be available by request as the service probably won’t have a high adoption rate otherwise.

Samuel

May 5th, 2009 at 12:54pm

Alan Jones on ACA

As easily predicted yesterday morning, Alan Jones was all over the television last night. On the Nine network he was featured briefly on Nine News, and then got a lengthy story dedicated to his return on A Current Affair prepared, ironically, by 2UE fill-in Ben Fordham.

Apologies for not posting this sooner. I had little time to do anything this morning before co-hosting breakfast with James Scott on 1WAY FM. The plan at this stage is to co-host breakfast for the rest of the week and to host the morning shift tomorrow and Thursday.

Samuel

May 5th, 2009 at 11:39am


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