Can local radio succeed online?
He claims commercial radio is another victim of the BBC’s local TV plans, along with the online aspirations of local newspapers.
Well certainly in the 100m online contest, local commercial radio is at the back of the pack. Many sites have old clunky websites which haven’t embraced web 2.0. Content is rarely updated, I’ve often found the code is full of holes. Most of all, they don’t give their listeners a reason to go there.
Compare that to their BBC radio rivals, and now their newspaper cohorts and it’s a tadge shameful.
But maybe that doesn’t have to be the way.
Over at Viking FM this week, we trialled the station’s first live webcast. We arranged for a local financial expert to come into the station and answer questions from listeners about the credit crunch and what it means for them.
You can see the results by clicking here.
It was a lot more popular than we’d imagined, thanks chiefly to heavy plugging over the airwaves. But it shows, I think, people do have an appetite for this sort of content.
There just needs to be more dedication to doing it.