If Quake is the future of radio then we should all be worried

Quake Credit: BDH Immersive

Quake, a new audio drama, is a signpost to the BBC’s future. It appeared on Monday, not on radio but online. Go to find it on the Radio 4 website or BBC iPlayer and a little sign tells you that soon you’ll need a password for access. Here’s why. “Your BBC gets better when it’s all about you,” it says, meaning the BBC’s intention is to feed you online more of what your listening habits reveal.  

That’s a dangerous proposition. I like cake but if I ate lots more lemon drizzle it would definitely be of more benefit to the cake makers than to me. It is, however, a proposition for the internet age as old media fight off competition from the new. The BBC, having led the way into the digital revolution,...

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