Be afraid Cameron, be very afraid! Well not Cameron specifically but no-one else is reading this!
The Guardian has just announced that Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (writers of The Office) are creating a weekly (radio) show and releasing it for free on the Internet via The Guardian website.
"I want to do a radio show where I can say what I want, when I want for as long as I want and that's free for anybody who can be bothered to listen anywhere in the world," said Gervais.
I think the biggest threat to Podcasting are organisations such as the BBC and now The Guardian, who don't have a pure commercial interest in releasing material and hence much of it will be free download audio/podcasts.
Each of us listeners have only a limited number of hours per day
listening time. I have a max of 2 hours travelling time, unless I
listen whilst I'm working at my PC. So there's only so much I can
fit into those 2 hours. And guess what. My tastes are
changing, moving away from Adam Curry's Daily Source Code towards my addictive diet of the BBC's Fighting Talk, Sportsweek, and Rumour Mill, as well as The Chris Evans Show (forgive me!). And now The Office guys.
I only have 7 more slots in the week, and I listen to most of G'Day World, and The Personal Productivity Show, so there's not much listening time left to fill, and I suspect more BBC and Guardian shows will be coming out soon, and that's even before the BBC open their archive.
And another thing. Sport is big for me. Without exception, not one of my list of RSS feed webloggers I read, remotely wrote about George Best dying. Ok, sport isn't big for some of the webloggers I read, and some are openly hostile to sport and don't get it. But I think it's time for some new friends, and to add some webloggers who do take a sporting edge, not that I've found any yet, but I haven't been looking hard. Mind you, I still have some Newcastle United dickheads to deal with in the comments of that post. I read the last (Phil Rooney) comment which I've stupidly replied to, and I wonder why I love sport or people who are passionate about sport.