James is a radio futurologist – a writer, consultant and public speaker on radio’s future. He is Managing Editor of podnews.net, a daily podcast newsletter, and runs media.info, the media information website. He is a Director of the Canadian local radio broadcaster VISTA Radio.
James has worked in radio since 1989 as an award-winning copywriter, presenter, and internet strategist. In 2001 he joined the original Virgin Radio in London, where he was Digital Media Director: launching the world’s first streaming radio smartphone app in March 2005. In 2007 he joined the BBC to work on the BBC iPlayer for radio, achieving a dramatic increase in the service’s audio quality, and being part of the team that laid the foundations for the UK Radioplayer. Since leaving the BBC in 2009, he has worked for a variety of businesses, including the receiver and silicon manufacturers Pure and Frontier Silicon, Radioplayer, Futuri Media, talkSPORT as well as a variety of media companies in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia; helping them focus on the benefits and challenges that new platforms bring to their business.
He is one of the organisers of Next Radio, the UK radio ideas conference each September, and has worked with the world’s largest radio conference, Radiodays Europe, since its inception.
He writes for publications including his own media.info, AllAccess, Australia’s radioinfo.com.au, Radio Assistant, Radioszene, Radio Magazine and Radio World International. He writes a daily news email for the podcasting and on-demand industry, podnews.
He was a founder of the hybrid radio technology association RadioDNS and was an Elected Trustee of the UK Radio Academy, serving the maximum term. He is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and was made an Honorary Life Member of the UK’s Student Radio Association.
He has served as a judge for a number of industry awards including The Webby Awards, the RAIN Awards, the UK’s Sony Radio Academy Awards, and the Australian ABC Local Radio Awards, the CBAA Awards, and Cast Away podcasting awards.
Born in the UK, James lives in Brisbane, Australia with his partner and daughter. He likes beer very much.