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29 April 2021 - 9:56am
It is interesting that there are no figures for the numbers listening to DAB+ digital radio. It covers 14 million people. The CRA claims that 77 % of new cars are equipped by the manufacturer to receive it.
I am yet to see how many listeners listen to the capital city AM and FM programs using the DAB+ digital signal. The ratings combine this total and only report on digital only program streams.

As for the rest of the statistics, it is not important what the percentage increases are, what is important is to take the whole audience and give percentage listening by all the different means.
Infinite Dial 2021: Australians embrace digital audio, podcast listening soars
29 April 2021 - 1:01am
The story is very interesting and shows how lightning fast the industry we worked in is evolving. It's hard to keep up with all the changes, and I lament the fact that I no longer listen to a radio set but find my own programs from classic British comedy on BBC Sounds to jazzradio.com. Just plug the laptop or phone into a nice speaker and I'm happy. Nine year old grandson confessed the other day, he didn't know what a radio was. Claimed he wasn't kidding me. Oh well.... Infinite Dial 2021: Australians embrace digital audio, podcast listening soars
Anthony The Koala
27 April 2021 - 5:22pm
Integrating social media, Facebook with podcast/media facilitator, Spotify means more intelligence will be generated by consumers in the Facebook and Spotify universe who will know what kinds of media such as spoken word and music genre will be consumed.

In light of producers of social media content hosted by Facebook, won't the same occur with Spotify's a/v material?

Given that not all podcasters are permanently online for various reasons including burnout and/or lack of audience numbers, one wonders how the consumer will be targeted for advertising.

It is likely that the information collected by Facebook and Spotify is a 'minefield' of consumer's tastes such that machine learning algorithms will be able to predict what the consumers preferences are despite the consumer's tastes for sporadic podcasters.

Then you have to ask "...why stop collecting information on Spotify consumption..."?

Consequently, the Facebook universe may well want to integrate how we consume goods and services such as those by ebay and Amazon.

Whether the distribution of goods and services will be disparate as in ebay vendors or centralized such as Amazon's fulfillment centres is yet to be seen.

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting, dynamic, thinking and thoughtful, Belfield
Facebook adds a podcast player in its app, powered by Spotify
23 April 2021 - 7:19am
A couple of intersting things in this survey. With the large ABC weekend audience taken out, it would appear 4ZR would be number 1 Monday to Friday as they are well ahead during the day after breakfast. Wewll done!
The other thing is it appears these stations surveyed have a combined loss of 11.1% since the last survey.
When you add up the total percentages, there is 23.5% of Roma people surveyed who don 't listen to these stations perhaps reflecting on line listener streaming and listening to stations outside Roma via Apps or perhaps listening to other stations in Roma such as Hot Country which, when I worked casually there around 10 to 15 years ago was very popular in Roma
ABC is the pick of the bunch in Roma
19 April 2021 - 7:31pm
I find that the “live photoshopping” video by Hungarian singer Boggie (song Nouveau Parfum) can lead to some interesting discussions. triple j Hack launches crowdsourced investigation into how social media affects body image
19 April 2021 - 7:48am
Just a correction, the last photo was taken at 2WS - all WS staff. Funeral details for Tony Moltzen
Anthony The Koala
17 April 2021 - 5:57pm
This commentary is not legal advice nor medical advice. See your legal advisor and/or AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority) - registered evidence-based medical practitioner, not a quack nor a person consuming and regurgitating US shock jocks, anti-vaxxers or conspiratorialists.

Rather this is a commentary on risk and at the end we ask whether the media could do more about asking more questions about whether the medical authorities, medical profession and pharmaceutical industry can do to determine whether a patient is a candidate for a particular treatment.

The information presented by the media is on evidence-based medicine. By presenting evidence-based information to the public means that the public is informed based on scientific evidence, not snake oil merchants and quacks.

People are not adverse to risk. We drive cars or cross the road as a pedestrian, knowing that there is a risk of an accident.

Similarly in medicine, there is a risk of an adverse reaction to medication or surgical intervention including death. For example, if one has an cholocystectomy, there is a 0.5% fatal outcome. If there is no surgical intervention, it could be death by sepsis.

In the famous "failure to warn" case of the High Court of Australia, Rogers v Whitaker [1992] HCA 58; (1992) 175 CLR 479 (19 November 1992), ref http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/cth/HCA/1992/58.html?context=1;query=rogers%20v%20whitaker;mask_path= the practitioner, despite conducting the procedure with due diligence and professionalism, failed to warn the patient of the risks of undergoing a procedure. In that case, the patient was not warned of the risk of undertaking an operation on eye, could lead to sympathetic ophthalmia, resulting in total blindness, paras 2, 3, 4, per MASON C.J., BRENNAN, DAWSON, TOOHEY AND McHUGH JJ.

Warning the patient of the adverse risk is part of the overall duty of the practitioner to inform the patient such that the patient makes the right decision.

Though the benefit of the treatment which was to restore eyesight was greater than the adverse risk of total blindness, the risk to the patient becoming blind was one in fourteen thousand, para 3, per MASON C.J., BRENNAN, DAWSON, TOOHEY AND McHUGH JJ.

Had the patient known of the 'minute' risk of one in fourteen thousand, the patient would not have undergone the procedure. The patient did not want to risk being the one in fourteen thousand.

Unfortunately. the patient became blind because of a lack of knowledge of the risk.

When it comes to the adverse risk of the covid-19 vaccine, according to the European Medicines Agency, data from the UK and European Economic Area (EEA) indicates that out of 20 million vaccinations, 7 had an adverse reaction, that's one chance in 2.9 million for disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) and 18 cases for cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), that's one chance in 1.1 million.

There has not been a proven link, sources https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/news/covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca-benefits-still-outweigh-risks-despite-possible-link-rare-blood-clots and https://www.health.gov.au/news/atagi-statement-for-health-care-providers-on-suitability-of-covid-19-vaccination-in-people-with-history-of-clotting-conditions

Meanwhile, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), cautions by deferring administration of the vaccine on patients with a history with CVST and Human Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT) where a blood thinner, heparin may risk causing clots, source, https://www.health.gov.au/news/atagi-statement-for-health-care-providers-on-suitability-of-covid-19-vaccination-in-people-with-history-of-clotting-conditions .

So, if people are informed about the risk, it's the patient's decision to not take the treatment as the patient in the High Court of Australia case of 1992 would have had the patient been informed. Alternatively, unlike the patient in the High Court case, the patient may well take a risk/benefit analysis.

But the argument posed by the medical adminstrators, accusing the media of adversely influencing public confidence in the vaccination program may well be true.

It may be that the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the adverse risks which prima facie is between one chance in 1.1 to 2.9 million. The public may well be informed they don't want to be the one in 1.1 or 2.9 million in a similar way that the patient in the High Court Case did not want to be the one in fourteen thousand.

The news of the side effects of the Astra Zeneca side effects are on evidence based side effects as reported in the Daily Telegragh, https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/coronavirus/why-under-50s-can-still-get-the-astrazeneca-vaccine/news-story/c1ac800d13d12b9028cd5496efe31445 - this is a rolling news item and it also publishes the statistics.

From the AusVaxSafety website, while 51.8% report an adverse reaction, 1.2% of patients attended their doctor or ED, source https://www.ausvaxsafety.org.au/safety-data/covid-19-vaccines.

People are well informed. The media are not sourcing their news from snake oil merchants and anti-vaxxers.

It is not as simple to assert that people are not taking the vaccine because of clots, even if the adverse effects provoke fear in the public. There are patients like the one in the High Court Case who would not have proceeded if the risks are known. There may well be situations where the patient knows the risks being minor yet proceed with the treatment.

For example, the risk of developing clots by consuming the contraceptive pill is 1 in 1000, which is a 1000 times higher risk than developing clots from the vaccine, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-15/covid-vaccines-answered-questions-blood-clots-astrazeneca/100072386. Of those 1 in 1000 clots, 6% of those who obtain clots by consuming the pill will die, source https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-08/covid19-vaccine-blood-clotting-az-explainer/100055638 . Using mathematics, if 100 in 100000 patients develop clots from consuming the pill, 6 of those 100 will die.

That is there is a risk of consuming the pill for contraceptive or therapeutic purposes, reference for other purposes https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/contraception-options, https://endometriosis.org/treatments/oral-contraceptive-pill/

Again, the issue raised by the medical authorities about the media reporting adverse or alleged reactions to the vaccine may not explain the apprehension held my members of the public. People will use their own risk/benefit analysis from the information presented by the media and evidence-based articles. On the other hand, people may not approach the taking the vaccine as a risk/benefit but not prefer not being the person who is the 1 in a 1.1 million or the 1 in 14000 as the patient from the High Court case.

It is irrelevant whether the magnitude of the risk is 1 in a million, 1 in 14000 or even 1 in 1000. People will make their decision to take or not take a treatment based on risk/benefit or the patient being apprehensive of being unlucky.

In conclusion, the media should ask the questions and report the questions and answers to the medical authorities, the medical profession and pharmaceutical industry as well as university researchers as to what are the causes of the adverse reaction to a treatment and if there are diagnostic tests available to determine whether a patient is a suitable candidate to take a treatment.

Furthermore the other factor in people not taking the vaccine is not the risk/benefit analysis nor proceeding with the treatment knowing the risks, BUT patients being apprehensive of whether there will be a supply of the vaccine for the second shot in the recommended time after the first shot.

Another question the media should ask is whether the time difference between the first shot and the second affects the immune response.

Thus the issue of risk and the issue of vaccine supply should apply to all kinds of treatments and interventions.

Thank you,
Anbthony of thinking Belfield
Covid clot warning: Media blaming or sensible advice?
Jim Sydney
17 April 2021 - 9:55am
This slogan just reminds me to 'Get That Feeling 2Day FM'. He wants to go "back to the future" with Nova Boy but not be edgy and alternative like they used to be? That and 'Sounds Different' is what actually made Nova cool. Now they are just Sounds Same Same. Why would you tune in when they're just trying to sound the same as the KIIS or 2Day? Nova Boy returns to Turn Up the Feelgood
Anthony The Koala
15 April 2021 - 11:02am
Some discrete remarks.
Canberra - yesterday's publication of the results indicates that RN has over twice the market share of 2CC. Canberra is the only city where RN's ratings are over 10 (double-digit) and significantly beating a commercial talk station.

2GB & 2BL. It is a very long time that 2BL (702) has been consistently close to market leader. 2GB is only market leader during breakfast, mornings and evenings (with John Stanley). 2BL leads 2GB in the afternoon and drive by 2 and 5 percent respectively.

While there is no information for the 0000-0600 session with Michael McLaren, it has been reported that 2GB is overwhelmingly the market leader at 25%.


Overall there has been a decrease in audience participation in the ratings at 84.1%. Usually it's 86% to 87%. That means that 15.9% are not listening to the stations not participating in the ratings. What is the 15.9% of other radio comprised? Community, 2SM, streaming services?

Brisbane: Many people in the industry said that AM is dead for a music format and is only for spoken word programming. 4KQ broke the mould and is second in the market place. As fictional character Maxwell Smart said "....missed it by that much..." by 0.1% behind B105. It is way ahead of talk station 4BC where those believe that AM is only for talk.

Thank you,
Anthony, from exciting Belfield where I can read and interpret tables
Ratings Survey 2 2021: New leader in Brisbane
Anthony The Koala
12 April 2021 - 11:17am
Dear Mr St. John,
Thank you for elaborating on XPeri services pushing consumers to use 4G/5G based IP streams to the vehicle's infotainment system requires a data plan. Why pay for "through-the-ether" reception of broadcasts when it is FTA.

Again, I don't want to have to push too many buttons or tap on hyperlinks while one is driving. Hyperlinks are a distraction to the main task, concentrating on the road.

I fully concur with you,
Thank you for elaborating
Anthony of satisfied Belfield
Dashboard entertainment and Radio more important during COVID: Xperi


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