Dore on R4, transcripts available

Face the Facts: The Dore Programme: controversial treatment for
dyslexia has gone bust.’ Broadcast on Friday 15th August.

In which we learned that:

Dorothy Bishop, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology at Oxford University has a colleague who uses the Dore Balsall Common study as a training exercise for undergraduate students. This was also the primary purpose of looking at the Dore research for the course I teach. Then it became a news story.

Kenny Logan, who has frequently endorsed the Dore programme as helping with his dyslexia, is a director of Dore’s parent company – Camden Holdings Limited.

Transcript of the John Waite’s investigation now available from this link. BBC Radio 4

Transcript of You and Yours 19.05.2008 interview with Kenny Logan.

From the archive

“On Friday 23.05.2008 the Dore company, based in Kenilworth Warwickshire, closed it’s UK operation with the loss of 50 jobs and placed the company in the hands of advisors.”

Simson to Pandora ‘put ads in the stream’

Interview with John Simson, head of SoundExchange, the US organisation responsible for collecting royalties for music performed via non-terrestrial radio (web, satellite) and distributing those royalties to artists.

Context: in the US terrestrial radio broadcasters over AM and FM pay nothing in performance royalties (unlike the UK). Satellite radio stations XM and Sirius pay a percentage of revenue at about 6 or 7%. (Digital radio, via satellite. A different technology than DAB in Europe) Wikipedia: Satellite radio

SoundExchange reject a percentage of revenue model for webcasters and, following the CRB ruling, are seeking per-track revenues at rates which will put many webcasters out of business. Pandora would pay 70% of revenue. Previous coverage on this blog here. For others, royalty costs would exceed their revenues.

John Simson interview: webcasting and the future of radio

Video, 11 minutes

CDs down, downloads up

“The amount of money that songwriters received from sales of CDs fell by 15 per cent in the first half of this year, according to figures to be published this week by the MCPS-PRS Alliance, which collects royalties for songwriters and composers.”

Declining CD sales mean songwriters will earn more from performance rights – playback in shops and pubs, than recorded music sales.

MCPS-PRS increased revenue from internet downloads to £82.3m

The Observer

Songwriters see slump in profits from CD sales

Endgame in sight

SoundExchange vs internet radio

“We’re approaching a pull-the-plug kind of decision,” says Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora

“We’re funded by venture capital,” he said. “They’re not going to chase a company whose business model has been broken. So if it doesn’t feel like its headed towards a solution, we’re done.”

The article also provides a comparison of the differing royalty rates for traditional broadcasters and webcasters in the US. Webcasters pay more.

Giant of Internet Radio Nears Its ‘Last Stand’

Launchpad chicken: Jean Louis Gassée on Mobile Me

Insight from Jean Louis Gassée. 

“Simple is hard. Easy is harder. Invisible is hardest. So goes one of the many proverbs of our computer lore. As Apple found out last month with the MobileMe launch misfires, the lofty promise of “Exchange for the rest of us” translated into a user experience that was neither simple nor easy — in a highly visible way.”

Explains: synch is difficult. Scale matters. Exchange and Blackberry have years of experience with push email and synch.

There has been quite a bit of coverage on how Apple over-reached on the simultaneous launch of Mobile Me, new iPhone and App store. Scale and complexity are only part of the explanation. To understand what went wrong  we need insight into how a company can find itself unable to back down from launching a service which is not ready: launchpad chicken. Continue reading

OFCOM report

2008 survey of trends in the UK communication market. All media: online, mobile  and broadcast.

“We are increasingly listening to the radio online. The number of people listening to radio via the internet has increased to 14.5 million by May 2008, up 21 per cent from 12.0 million in November 2007.”

Summary and links to full report

“The Ofcom report shows that online advertising hit £2.8bn last year, up 40%, and eclipsing spending on the traditional terrestrial channels ITV1, Channel 4, S4C and Five for the first time.”

Guardian coverage

People use media 7 hours a day

Ofcom’s director of market research James Thicket discusses the watchdog’s latest report.

Guardian audio interview

Dore on R4

‘Fri 15th August You and Yours, 12.00-1.00pm
12.30: Face the Facts: The Dore Programme: controversial treatment for
dyslexia has gone bust.’

On BBC Radio 4

and listen again for 7 days



Given  their previous reporting on Dore, which was just embarrassing for an investigative consumer affairs programme, it’s to be hoped You and Yours ‘fess up, Face the Facts and decently credit the Dore bloggers for reporting this story.

Previous Dore coverage and links on this site grouped under Categories

‘Choose open standards’ – EU commissioner

In June this year Neelie Kroes, the European Union’s competition commissioner delivered a recommendation that businesses and governments  adopt open systems. The speech was widely seen as a snub to Microsoft and not unconnected with a four year legal battle which resulted in substantial EU fines for Microsoft.

No citizen or company should be forced or encouraged to choose a closed technology over an open one, through a government having made that choice first.”

“I know a smart business decision when I see one – choosing open standards is a very smart business decision indeed.” Continue reading

Making sense of numbers

BBC News Magazine is running a series by Michael Blastland on making sense of numbers: interpreting data, research, media coverage.

Surveys & media coverage

Myth of counting: the economy, growth, recession

Michael Blastland is the author, with Andrew Dilnot, of The Tiger That Isn’t: Seeing Through a World of Numbers Continue reading

App Store sales: $30m in first month

Interview with Steve Jobs in the Wall Street Journal

Sales of apps for the iPhone at $1m a day produced $21m for developers.

“If sales stay at the current pace, Apple stands to reap at least $360 million a year in new revenue from the App Store, Mr. Jobs said. “This thing’s going to crest a half a billion, soon,” he added. “Who knows, maybe it will be a $1 billion marketplace at some point in time.”

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my career for software,” he said.

Apple isn’t likely to derive much in the way of direct profit from the business, Mr. Jobs acknowledged. It is keeping only 30% of the proceeds from application sales — about enough to cover expenses from credit-card transactions and other costs of running the online store — while the programs’ creators keep 70%.

Instead, Mr. Jobs is betting applications will sell more iPhones and wireless-enabled iPod touch devices, enhancing the appeal of the products in the same way music sold through Apple’s iTunes has made iPods more desirable.”

“Phone differentiation used to be about radios and antennas and things like that,” Mr. Jobs said. “We think, going forward, the phone of the future will be differentiated by software.”


WSJ link