James Cridland

Radio Futurologist/Managing Director,

London, UK

James is a radio futurologist, and is Managing Director of media.info, the media information website.

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 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 manufacturer Pure, UK Radioplayer and Radioplayer Worldwide, OXIS Media, Absolute Radio, iBiquityand talkSPORT, and a variety of European media companies; helping them focus on the benefits and challenges that new platforms bring to their business.

He served as a Trustee of the pan-industry body The Radio Academy. He has served as a judge for a number of industry awards including the Australian ABC Local Radio Awards, the UK Student Radio Awards, and the UK's Radio Academy Awards, where he has also served on the committee. He was a founder of the hybrid radio technology association RadioDNS.

He is one of the organisers of nextrad.io, the radio ideas conference each September, and is also on the committee of RadioDays Europe. He writes for publications including his own media.info, Radio World International and RAIN News.

James lives in North London with his partner and a two year-old radio-loving toddler. He very, very much likes beer.