Last chance to get WordCamp UK 2008 tickets

WordCamp UK logo

Today is the last day to buy tickets for WordCamp UK 2008.

Admission to the event, to be held 19-20 July 2008 in Birmingham, is only by tickets purchased online.

I’ll be making the epic journey from West London to Birmingham later today by National Express Coaches.

I’m looking forward to meeting those with whom I’ve corresponded on the event mailing list, as well as participating in the range of sessions scheduled over the weekend.

Those of us involved in organising the event have already been tentatively looking ahead to 2009.

If this weekend goes well, and all the signs indicate it will, WordCamp UK is likely to become an annual gathering, probably at a different location each year.

WordCamp UK 2008: 50% of tickets sold

WordCamp UK logo

With less than a week to go, half the tickets for the UK’s first WordCamp have been sold.

The planning and organisation for the event has been run on open source lines, using a core combination of wiki and mailing list, leading to the active involvement of many volunteers.

In particular, from my point of view as WordCamp UK coordinator, the substantial work involved in organising the event has been spread amongst a number of mailing list subscribers.

This has been particularly useful in making arrangements for staging the WordCamp in Birmingham – even more useful when taking into account I’m based in London!

The running order is nearing its final version, and I’m not expecting further significant changes to be made.

Admission to WordCamp UK 2008 is only by tickets purchased online – so book now to ensure your place!

Commercial radio cuts and the future

Picture Global Radio on receiver display

Commercial radio companies Global Radio and GCap have announced staff cuts impacting on radio stations across the country.

If approved by regulators, Global Radio will take over GCap to form the UK’s largest commercial radio group.

The level of cuts in the group does not augur well for the future.

The Guardian’s Organ Grinder pretty much reflects my view on the subject.

A twenty word summary by Digitagit, in a comment to the Guardian piece, gets right to the point.

Do they not understand that music radio is now much more about what’s in between the music?

If stations just play music, the audience will go elsewhere, either to other stations that invest in production, or to their own playlists using a myriad of digital devices.