Sunday, January 23, 2011

Forget Web Portals in Africa. Radio Stations should go straight to Mobile

I'm currently helping radio stations rethink their business model. It is clear that partnerships with mobile companies is the way forward. Just what kind of partnerships depends on which country.

Professor Harry Dugmore, has the chair for Mobile and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. In this chat he looks at the power of radio and discusses why it is so important that there is plurality of voice in society. Harry has thoughts on where those journalists will come from.

He also builds a strong case for why we need public media to maintain the checks and balances on governments and financial institutions. Especially now.

Some people have asked me whether these videos are meant to be mini television documentaries. The answer is no. I think mainstream television is obsessed by the visuals. I am simply using videos to share what I think are great ideas.

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