PopJunkieTV.com launches – now its a website and a vidcast

31 10 2008

this_is_london-main-216x300Well it has been quite an interesting few weeks for me. Firstly the Evening Standard named me, alongside my two fellow Shiny Media co-founders, as one of the 1000 most influential Londoners. Blimey was my mum proud.

Then T3 included me on their list of the 50 most important people in consumer electronics (thanks Kat!).

In what has to be some odd kind of karma I then got shortlisted for a Hackenflack, though I am going to have to try a hell of a lot harder next year to win that one.

So encouraged by all this acclaim from my peers I have decided to break new barriers and start, wait for it, a new blog – PopJunkieTV

For the last few months I have been working with Victoria Shortt of Victoria’s Jukebox fame, and Sean Hannam of ‘can I interest you in sitting in a bath with me?’ fame on an indie music vidcast called PopJunkie. Some episodes have been really good, others could have done with us setting the colour balance before shooting, but there you go.

Anyway PopJunkie has now morphed into an all new music blog of which I am very proud. In addition to the three of us we have tempted some top notch bloggers and journalists into writing for the site and boy are they good. There are some great features like the top 100 London tunes, lots of new bands, great lost pop albums and, as we are all prisoners of our pasts, a bit of music tech. I think it is great, but then what do I know? I was the man who launched a Twitter blog!

Sure we won’t be competing with Pitchfork or the NME for the time being, but I think there is space for a music blog that is a bit like Mojo or Uncut in the old days – before they started taking themselves too seriously. Sean described it as like The Guardian’s (wonderful) music blog but with knob gags and stupid videos. He’s probably right.

Anyhow pop over and let us know what you think. I have several other more, how shall say it, commercially focussed sites on the boil, including one that is very video-lead. That’s for another time though.

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IPC websites’ big rise in traffic – that’ll be the porn then

6 08 2008

A few days ago IPC announced a huge rise in traffic for some of its male focussed websites. The big story was the incredible leap in unique users for the NME which has now topped 3.5 million monthly readers. It is richly deserved given that the quality of the content on the site has improved massively in the past few months. I would love to know how much IPC has spent on the site, but I am guessing it has received then kind of budgets that its rivals, like Pitchforkmedia.com can only dream about. It will be interesting to see if NME maintains its slight lead over Pitchforkmedia over the coming months.

The other site to rise dramatically was Nuts which in a year has more than doubled its traffic. Now the magazine version of Nuts is the subject of a serious debate at the moment with Tory MPs arguing that its sets a bad example to the nation’s young men. Those MPs probably haven’t bothered to spend too much time on the website for if they did they would probably explode.

IPC is basically offering a soft porn website for underage males. I find it incredulous that a company who has such a rich pedigree in producing quality, respected magazines and the odd website,, would want to publish such trash let alone crow about how many readers it has. In case you don’t want to go there I did the research for you and if I tell you that the highlight is a Big Brother contender from last year in 30 different naked poses you’ll be able to guess how horrendous the rest of it is. Well actually there is some classy UGC in the guise of Assess my Breasts. Horrible

Now I have no issue with Nuts the mag. You pay your money and you take it home and it least it has some good reads in there. But anyone can view the website, and essentially all they are doing is ogling at naked women.

I am sure IPC has demographics which prove that the average Nuts.co.uk reader is 21 and old enough to buy a pint of Fosters, who coincidently are among the main advertisers, but I would have thought that most 21 year olds would find pornotube a little more enticing than Assess my Breasts

So well done IPC, congratulations on a great leap in traffic for Nuts. I am sure there are plenty of other porn sites doing great business too.