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 Launchpad chicken: Jean Louis Gassée on Mobile Me

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.’

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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.

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