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  1. Isle of Man Newspapers. Obviously. There is little relevant common ground between Isle of Man Newspapers' wide audience and a site offering archive footage of the Isle of Man TT races. TT365 failed. Everyone agrees that. Where my argument and your argument differs is that you would appear to think it was doomed to failure in any case. My argument is that it failed but should not have failed. Properly managed it should have succeeded. You won't accept that. Even with it being mismanaged, poorly delivered, not properly marketed, whatever - it was still getting significant hits. Showing there is a market out there that wants access to that archive. __________________________ An example to try and illustrate: someone tells me they have found in his father's loft four old reels of Dads Army film. His father was a technician with the BBC and worked on the films and kept the reels for a souvenir and memento. They were, after all being thrown out. The episodes/films are offically listed as "missing" by the BBC. Leaving severe BBC copyright rules to one side for this example, and let us say my colleague owns the films outright, I can have the film expertly and cleanly transferred to a PC in a weekend. And the missing episodes can then be put up on youtube. Result - the world now has access to these missing treasures. Job done, everybody is happy. OK, the films can be transferred to DvD to make a few bob. But is even that how to maximise the audience and income? You're right. Based on the significant lack of success of existing bikers Internet radio stations in attracting advertising and sponsorship it always appeared to me that TT365 had almost no chance of succeeding either. I'm still of that opinion, and the incredibly low number visitors staying for an inordinately long time (in web terms) demonstrates conclusively that it was addressing a tiny band of enthusiasts. Too tiny to be worthy of the advertising dollar. No amount of management can save a business when the concept has such a fundamental flaw. I'm appalled that the station bosses even considered throwing more of our money at what was already a provably dead duck. Incidentally, the BBC's "severe" copyright restrictions are quite simple: they pay for a programme to be made and it thus BELONGS to them, not the hordes of morons who think YouTube provides them with a god- given rifgt to steal other people's work. You wouldn't go to HMV and steal the DVD, so what makes it okay to steal it on the Internet?
  2. Oh dear. Let's imagine you read MY post. TT365 didn't sell yachts. So small numbers don't work for it. Only numbers that match those of rival outlets could make it viable. When the local paper gets 30,000 UNIQUE hits every issue and TT365 is getting 450, it's really not enough, is it. Be generous. let's do it weekly and allow it 500 hits, and it's outclassed by the local press on a ratio of almost ten to one. If YOU were selling YOUR house, where would YOU advertise?
  3. Now imagine you're involved in motorsports, most particularly road racing... or tourism, with a particular interest in TT/MGP/S100... and it's TT week with a lot more than 500 people. And there's no advertising in German or French elsewhere on the Island... Apart from Manx Radio TT. Duh.
  4. Erm, no. 500 people a day is not "enormous" by any standards and certainly not enough to make a website readio station and staff financially viable. Thus it has closed down. QED QED my arse. Those 500 people a day are unique hits. An hour a hit! That is amazing. Youtube figures for example: the vast majority of visits are click-throughs, and are less than a few seconds and that brings the average stay right down. (Youtube not necessarily comparable but a good illustration). Regarding the unique hits, to capture that many over such a period is spectacular. It is keeping them and increasing them that is the easy bit. Sorry, in this case, clearly the difficult, very, very difficult bit. *Sarcasm and all that* 500 unique hits a day is enormous. I'll restate..it's fucking enormous. It shows the power of the product, but if you don't have a clue or understanding how to capitalise on it, then what is the point. You work for Manx Radio jonny? Nope. never have. But imagine for a moment I was an advertiser on the Isle of Man. (Not that either, but imagine.) My access to customers comes through the newspaper (30,000 pw) or three radio stations, all with their own idea about the size of their audience but ANY of them will get me a whole lot more listeners than 500 a day. Ask me, where will I spend my money? Answer, not on some poxy website where a maximum of 500 people a day turn up. Now imagine I'm a national advertiser. Anyone you like. Nescafe, Coca Cola. Macdonalds. Whatever. I have access to the UK press and commercial radio with a massively bigger audience than the entire population of the Isle of Man. Where do you suggest I spend my precious advertising and marketing budget? On 500 people max, most of whom might be in Sweden or Australia for all I know? It's not rocket science.
  5. Erm, no. 500 people a day is not "enormous" by any standards and certainly not enough to make a website readio station and staff financially viable. Thus it has closed down. QED
  6. I'm no mathematician, but it seems that the total UNIQUE vists amounted to 165,00 in one year. That's 450 a day. One thing I definitely CAN tell you is that you can't sell 500 listeners to any advertiser, so the potential for self-funding would appear to be completely non-existent. As Mr Pugh said, it could only have continued with MORE government funding. Hands up all those who would like to give Manx Radio some more money to fund this interesting and worthwhile scheme...
  7. The 'charterer' could always chuck some seats and and old trolly dolly in the back of the mail plane....it sits around all day doing nothing! and I'm sure all the "old trolly dollies" will be grateful for the few crumbs of work and attention.... Do try and join the new millennium old chap. Antiquated attitudes like that rather cast a shadow over the rest of your otherwise intelligent remarks.
  8. Sadly, Big Ben is a bell, and has no faces. But we knew what you meant...
  9. How about looking at this another way. When every country in the world has set speed limits on different classes of roads, why are we different? Why have successive Manx governments refused to follow suit? Is it because belting through country lanes at 150mph is one of those quaint cultutral traditions which has to be maintained in order to preserve our national identity and our unique, idyllic lifestyle? Or is it because a 70 mph national speed limit would halve the number of visitors coming to the TT at a stroke? It might not, by the way, but that does seem to be the consensus.
  10. Scientist; Hello God. God: Scientist: Hello God, are you there? God: Scientist: Hello? Anyone there? God: Scientist: You're not answering. God: Scientist: You never answer anyone. Howcome you never speak? God: Scientist: But you USED to speak all the time, burning bushes and sacrifice your children God: Scientist: How do you expect me to believe in the existence of something that has no physical properties God: Scientist: It's not easy believing in the goodness of God when the world is full of death and suffering God: Scientist: In fact the only good things in life (medicine etc) are things WE invented ourselves God: Scientist: And, now that I come to think of it, we made YOU up as well God:
  11. Opportunism? Upstart? Do say who you have in mind... There wasn't a problem with MR having a monopoly before Energy and 3FM came long was there? No, didn't think so. The only problem is that 70,000 people is not a big enough market to support 3 radio stations even when one of them has a million-pound subsidy (how CAN they not dominate the market with that kind of a head-start? Anyway.) and something has to give. Tynwald will have to decide whether to spend your money on keeping MR going as it is, or spend the million on something useful, like a nice new roundabout.
  12. The ise/ize thing is easy to sort oiur if you remember your Shakespeare, King Lear, "out thou whoreson zed, thou unnecessary letter..."
  13. Why don't we wait until that happens before trying to stoke the embers of a non-existent fire with inflammatory (and irrelevant) speculation about what would happen if.
  14. The world is full of ways for adults to share sexual experiences via technolgy and has been for a century or more thanks to that nice Mr Bell (the other one). If we're going to start dragging everyone who's had webcam naughties with their partner through the courts there won't be time to prosecute the REAL wankers who are pissing Government money away on idiotic no-hope schemes that feather their own nest in the process. And as for all that misconduct in the workplace bollocks. That's going to put thousands in court this Christmas for alcohol-induced gropings in the stock cupboard and behind the filing cabinets. I don't expect a doctor to be immune to his or her hormones, and I can't see his surgery is any less appropriate a place for a wank than anyone else's office. Things like this only get reported to sell newspapers, whether it's Leslie Grantham, Max Mosley, Hugh Grant or some unfortunate private person, such as a doctor. People have sex and there's nothing wrong with it. Pretending they don't in order to feign headline-grabbing outrage for profit is, on the other hand, an act which is genuinely sordid and despicable.
  15. But Domino's don't get bailed out with my money when or if their stupid schemes go tits up. And they don't get a million pounds a year of our money up front to experiment with either. Seriously Stu, are you suggesting that people shouldn't criticise ideas they think are taking unwarranted risks with taxpayers' money until AFTER they're proved right and the money has gone. On EVERY new idea by a government-funded entity we should all STFU until it works out or doesn't. It's a bit early in this thread for Godwin's Law to prove correct, but a total absence of criticism by the electorate sounds like the sort of democratic government that would appeal to - oh, I don't know, let's just say a certain well-known totalitarian with a funny moustache and a shouty voice.
  16. Please get your facts right Newsnight...it's called Scarborough now. Some good research there. Please keep it up...the truth will out. .. and when it does, the guilty will be called to account, just as they were over the Airport money and extension, the MEA, the Linkspan User Agreement, the Mount Murray bollocks etc, etc. So business as usual for those who are lining their pockets at your expense.
  17. Sadly Stu, the right to free speech DOES mean that you can repeat any old tittle-tattle,etc. That is PRECISELY the definition of the term. There are laws of libel and slander to protect people from deliberately misleading statements, but there are no laws to prevent me or anyone else from itemising another person's criminal past in public; it's information already in the public domain. In years gone by it would have been a lot easier to instruct a jury to avoid reading newspaper reports about a a trial, and later became harder to make them avoid TV and radio news. The internet has changed all that forever and the legal system will have to do something about it at some point, in the same way it is addressing a host of other issues that weren't issues until the web came along. In the meantime, I can say what I like about anybody or anything, and you can sue me if you don't like it, but my right to say it remains the most precious freedom in a civilsed society. I don't often quote Voltaire, but on this occasion... I do not agree with what you say, but I defend to the death your right to say it. I believe you found that an advantageous belief when that nice Mr Murphy wanted to have you locked up for saying something HE disagreed with. ETA: It seems that the free speech quote rightly belongs to Evelyn Beatrice Hall, who was Voltaire's biographer, but since they're both dead, neither of them can sue me.
  18. MR has a 'Listen Again' button. Most radio stations have a 'play audio clip' link in their news stories. I'm sure you will find them eminently satisfactory sources of audio news. And apart from a silly name, as perfectly acceptable a use of resources as a podcast, if not more so...
  19. wouldn't a merger be a better use of resources? I still prefer the idea of an audio podcast, which would be a much better use of resource for either. But an audio podcast hardly qualifies as TV, does it? And I think the whole point of this is that it has pictures as well as words.
  20. We're overlooking one or two things here. First, hydrogen may not be the magic bullet. It's very inefficient (there's about 60 per cent more hydrogen in petrol than there is in compressed liquid hydrogen). Second, it needs to be carefully stored at VERY low temperatures and/or VERY high pressure (typically about 500bar). There's also no means of distribution. The idea that we can all pull into the layby at Braddan and top up out of the back of a white Transit is clearly ludicrous. The idea that the Government will allow everyone to make untold amounts of the stuff at home without the ability to tax it at source is equally incredible. And there is no possibility whatsoever that oil companies who have invested hugely in their own highly profitable energy sources and distribution network will allow any part of that system to provide hydrogen until they have extracted the last cent of profit from their existing resource. Because of the tax issue, we can expect governments and oil companies to collude in this. In short, the strength and overwhelming greed of oil companies and governments will ensure there can be no magic bullet solution, hydrogen or otherwise, unless and until they can maintain and improve existing revenue streams. The technology is irrelevant.
  21. Also unsung is Tommy Flowers, the GPO engineer who invented Colossus, the computer which did all the heavyweight number-crunching of Turing's brilliant mathematics. It was so good and so clever that he was never allowed to mention it, never mind take credit, and when the Americans "invented" the computer in 1950, Flowers was still not allowed to claim credit for his work, because so many governments still used versions of the 'unbreakable' Enigma, and GCHQ was happily reading their secret traffic more or less at will.
  22. There is somehere! It's called a General Election and we've just had one! As others have observed many times on here, the General Election does not provide the electorate with the ability to choose a government, only individual MHK's. The government is always formed AFTER the election by a leader who is unelected as such and has no mandate to set policy from anyone, least of all the voting constituencies of the Isle of Man. However you slice it, that is not a democracy, it is a self-perpetuating oligarchy.
  23. I'm not an expert, but like (I suspect) most of the people who haven't bothered to get involved with this debate for that reason, I am at a loss to understand how, within a year of the VAT share being slashed, and while the whole of Europe is poised on the brink of massive economic meltdown, and within months of Mr Bell telling us we'll all have to tighten our belts and make huge cost savings, why is it a good idea to spend £50 million on what has all the hallmarks of a piss-poor vanity project. How does that work, exactly? And why is there NOWHERE in the Island's political system for Government to be called to account? And it does need calling. MEA, IRIS, Airport you name it. Edited - speeling. Too angry to type properly. Bastards.
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