Our end of year wish list
Rather than comment on how things are
or even how we think they may be, the end of the year seems a good
time to dream a little on what we'd like to see or have in the world
of radio. So here goes.
More choice, better quality!
These both seem simple concepts but a moment's
second thought makes them more complicated. To a heavy metal fan,
the desired extra choice in music would be different from that
desired by a Jazz fan. So what do we mean by the terms? By choice,
we mean as wide a range as possible of different formats as opposed
to a proliferation in the safe middle ground or more popular areas.
Indeed, we'd go so far as to say, that in some ways a multiplicity
of formats in a limited area goes against the very grain of broadcasting
as opposed to what we'd prefer to call narrowcasting.
Choice - Technical quality
In the UK, the former is well advanced whereas
in the US the latter is now available. But in every part of the
world, receivers remain far too expensive; baring in mind that a
reasonable quality portable FM can be had for 50USD or less and
how computer prices have fallen, it really ought not to be too much
to expect a digital receiver for 100USD in the near future.
Choice in programmes
The more difficult problem
by far is the maintenance of programme choice and quality in the
wider sense against the pressures of investors whose primary aim
is to maximise profits.
Any views? Please comment
on the above. For that matter, if you can put the time aside,
we'd like your "Guest comment" pages this year to stimulate
more feedback and dialogue.
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