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Title: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: Sunshine Superman on October 29, 2013, 07:01:56 PM
There\'s been intense concern over at Gallifrey Base concerning this for a few days now, I thought I\'d better mention it here.  Seemingly it\'s more very bad management than lack of sales that\'s caused the crisis:

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/audiogo-files-administration.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Bad news if you were hoping to get some BBC audio for yourself or others for Christmas, not to mention their Doctor Who stuff.
Title: Re: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: baycruiser on October 30, 2013, 09:18:49 AM
I don\'t think I have any AudioGo stuff, the price is a bit steep for what you get (basically books on tape type audios). At least with Big Finish you get full cast recordings. Are the BBC radio releases AudioGo? I guess I could easily find the answer online. If bad management is at fault hopefully a new company can be found who will manage things better...can\'t really pile all this on Big Finish as they have more than enough on their plates now.
Title: Re: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: Janaru on October 30, 2013, 11:46:56 AM
Thanks for posting this, Bay. I don\'t use AudioGO but I know there are others on this site that do.
Title: Re: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: Matamore! on October 30, 2013, 12:04:05 PM
That\'s where I got some of Bert Coules\' Holmes plays from - there was a sale on (as there often seemed to be), so the download was affordable - and I was expecting to do so again. Worrying.
Title: Re: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: Sunshine Superman on December 21, 2013, 11:53:03 AM
Update from the news page of GALLIFREY BASE, posted last night:

The future of Doctor Who on audio was revealed today as BBC Worldwide announced a new partnership with Random House Audio to maintain the range alongside some 3,500 other titles including BBC Radio Comedy shows and drama such as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The company will have sole responsibility for sales, stock management and distribution of BBC-branded physical CDs in the UK and the rest of the world (excluding North America, Australia and New Zealand). It will also take on global responsibility for download sales with leading digital retailers, including Audible.

From next year, the company is also expected to produce new releases developed and co-published alongside BBC Worldwide.

Nicholas Brett, Director of Publishing, BBC Worldwide UK, said:
Our principal aim has been to ensure an uninterrupted flow of the BBC’s brilliant spoken word content both on high streets around the world and through downloads. And we’re delighted that this new partnership with Random House Audio will do that.


Hannah Telfer, Director, Digital Marketing and New Product Development at Random House, said:
At Random House we have long admired the BBC’s audio programme, sharing their passion for publishing the highest quality content. We’re very pleased to be working together to grow the BBC list and are committed to reaching the largest possible audience for their titles.
Title: Re: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: Janaru on December 27, 2013, 10:18:31 AM
Hmmm....I wonder if the new material would be available for broadcast on BBC Radio? Also wonder who\'s doing the North America distribution?


I saw a link on Facebook the other day, where A Christmas Carol with Tim Curry was being offered for free by Audible with Free Trial Membership. That may still be going on if anyone is interested.
Title: Re: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: Janaru on December 27, 2013, 10:22:22 AM
Hmmm....I wonder if the new material would be available for broadcast on BBC Radio? Also wonder who\'s doing the North America distribution?


I saw a link on Facebook the other day, where A Christmas Carol with Tim Curry was being made available free through Audible. That may still be going on if anyone is interested.
Title: Re: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: IvorThirst on December 27, 2013, 11:18:21 AM
Janaru, Janaru; so good she posts it twice!
Title: Re: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: Janaru on December 27, 2013, 12:05:28 PM
Well the damn thing accused me of being a robot and wouldn\'t accept it! I guess it did and lied to me about it. Sorry. @\'.2\'@
Title: Re: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: Matamore! on December 27, 2013, 12:41:38 PM
I just noticed something odd, too: the \"Post message\" button was displaying a countdown - \"(2)\", \"(1)\" - even though I hadn\'t posted anything.
Title: Re: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: Janaru on December 27, 2013, 01:01:59 PM
Ruh-Roh. Wonder what that means?



I found that Audible link, by the by....

A Christmas Carol (http://www.audible.com/pd/Classics/A-Christmas-Carol-A-Signature-Performance-by-Tim-Curry-Audiobook/B002ZEEDAW?source_code=FB2GB0054WS111513&apcid=53174185)
Title: Re: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: Truthyness on December 27, 2013, 08:49:12 PM
Thanks for the link Jan. It\'s a reading not a play from what I gather? Giving CC details gives me the willies, and usually free-trials entail doing that. My fear (panic) is that I\'ll either forget to unsubscribe or they\'ll sting me somehow anyway. So I cower in the corner!
Title: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: Genaml on April 15, 2017, 10:53:54 AM
Hi,

Can anyone pleasee suggest books for a complete preperation of Business Administration?

Waiting...

Regards...
Title: Re: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: Janaru on April 16, 2017, 02:28:13 AM
You might start with this one: 

https://www.amazon.com/Complete-MBA-Dummies-Kathleen-Allen/dp/0470194294/ref=sr_1_1/137-7715912-7124624?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1492305900&sr=1-1&keywords=business+administration+for+dummies (https://www.amazon.com/Complete-MBA-Dummies-Kathleen-Allen/dp/0470194294/ref=sr_1_1/137-7715912-7124624?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1492305900&sr=1-1&keywords=business+administration+for+dummies)
Title: Re: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: Truthyness on April 16, 2017, 02:03:50 PM
This forum isn't really the place for answers to your very specific question. Essentially The Beebotron deals with radio and audio content : drama, comedy, science fiction, sitcoms, readings, quizzes, series etc. Good luck with your quest though.


Hi,

Can anyone pleasee suggest books for a complete preperation of Business Administration?

Waiting...

Regards...
Title: Alarming developments triggered by AudioGO filing for bankruptcy
Post by: Ed on July 06, 2017, 03:25:14 PM
I know this is a very old thread, but in view of the fact that in all the intervening time the BBC have been unable to get any replacement for AudioGo off the ground, perhaps we should wonder whether that may be significant. By which, of course, I mean significant for us.

It was not bad management which sank AudioGo.

That was a partnership between BBC and a private company, with all of BBC's resources behind it. Yet it failed to make a profit. Even though it had the entire BBC archive to draw on, and the very deep pockets of the Corporation.

The problem it couldn't crack is that the internet provides unlimited free access to the type of material AudioGo was selling on CD (and, to a degree, as downloads). This very website, Beebotron, is dedicated to a BBC station which provides free access to a large chunk of the archive material AudioGo was selling.

And out in the wild wild west of the www, there are inumerable websites offering free OTR, including BBC shows; plus innumerable Torrents offering file sharing of that material; plus inumerable pirate sites selling (far cheaper than AudioGo were) the same material - albeit not in as good quality, but much cheaper.

The BBC seem to have concluded from AudioGo's bankruptcy that the type of commercial operation AudioGo were involved in isn't viable.

But what are BBC doing about this problem?

All of a sudden, BBC iPlayer is vanishing behind a paywall. As yet - and I emphasise the word yet - we are not being asked for any money to access it. But that is the logical next step.

In 1971 the radio licence was abolished; and, ever since, BBC radio has been funded from the TV licence fee.  But the BBC now seem to be gearing up to seek new sources of revenue. Hiding the online access to their entire tv and radio output is a logical first step in moving to a new business model, in which online access is only available by paying a subscription - on top of the Licence Fee.

Their most recent step was to extend the law, so that watching BBC tv live on line now requires a TV Licence. Now they put up a paywall. Next, they encrypt.

It's a logical progression, triggered off by the failure of their other commercial ventures, as a means of making money out of us.



Title: Re: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: Truthyness on July 08, 2017, 08:36:20 PM
Timely information Ed, thank you. What of Amazon's Audible, I recall getting enmeshed. Mandatory CC, hyped up twaddle about free access, lies, deceit and entrapment ... my experience at least ... echoed by complaints across the "boards"

https://www.google.be/search?q=amazon%27s+audible+is+a+scam&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b&gfe_rd=cr&ei=czNhWdaML4bH8AfO8bv4Dw

Sigh's to the power of infinity!
Title: Re: AudioGO files for administration
Post by: Lothbrok on July 21, 2017, 03:21:09 PM
Strangely, there has recently been a lot of the newest audio releases coming out via Penguin Random House Ltd, but finding out about them is somewhat difficult.  It was
only by purchasing the McLevy and Pilgrim titles Amazon flagged up the 'you might be interested in' selling point.  And the BBC has dug out some interesting stuff, such
as Lester Powell's Philip Odell series from 1958 with Robert Beatty in the title role.   Others due in the coming months include Inspector West with Patrick Allen, Maigret
with Maurice Denham, and there are others that should have been dug up for Radio 4 Extra but they do not seem ready to dig into the archives lately.  Though some of
the most recent issues have also included titles that have been on the radio fairly recently such as Raffles, Mrs Bradley, A Touch Of Frost, Dixon Of Dock Green. 
It is an odd situation as these titles come under the heading Classic Radio Crime which it surely is, but who administrates the project is not entirely clear - but as you
may know the BBC Shop site closed down a year or so ago and its only by luck I came upon this information - there is no site available to find out.  The releases are
available as cd issues as well as downloads for which you would have to fork out, and that is if you are so inclined.