Category Archives: new media

Wah!! An advertising event just for podcasts! But not in Malaysia!


The podcasting industry in the USA is developing and growing in leaps and bounds. Something that has been on the DIY front is now fast being recognised as a legitimate media platform (but hopefully the DIY spirit doesn’t disappear!).

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is organising an upfront in New York City this September. It will be a place where radio stations, podcast producers, podcast networks, ad sellers and advertisers will gather together to learn stuff about each other.

Is that cool or is that cool?

And here we are in Malaysia, trying our damndest to produce our podcasts on a regular basis for the past year on our own funding. I am wishing hard that the medium will quickly grow a bigger following in Malaysia like how online videos have grown.

Read more about the podcast upfront at the Wall Street Journal ‘Podcasts Aim to Lock in Advertising Revenue With Upfront Event in September‘.

Listen to our Fat Bidin Podcasts here.

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 61) – Is English language media what we need in Malaysia?

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 61) – Is English language media what we need in Malaysia?

How far along does the English media (print, broadcast, online, cinema, theatre, etc) play a role in nation-building? Does it even have a role in Malaysia?

Listen to more Fat Bidin Podcasts here.

Facebook is reportedly developing a breaking news app


Looks like Facebook is doing it again. They’re trying to get into the news business with a new app that is suppose to distribute breaking news. This comes after they’re failed attempt at publishing longer forms of content via Instant Articles.

This new app that they are rumoured to be developing, as reported by Business Insider, is very similar to Twitter.

From Business Insider:

Details are still vague, but here’s how Facebook’s new product, which is currently in early (“alpha”) testing, will supposedly work.

  • Users will download a new mobile app by Facebook
  • Users will then choose partnering publications they want to follow on the app and topics (or “stations” and “substations”) they want to receive breaking news alerts about. Facebook has apparently selected only a few companies to launch with.
  • When there is breaking news, partnering publications can create mobile notifications that will blast out to all of the followers instantly, as fast as a tweet would.
  • The mobile alerts allow for up to 100 characters of text and a url to the news article on that publication’s website. One publication can’t create a notification for another, for example.
  • The blast will go out, and when people click on the link, they’ll be taken to the publication’s website to read the article.

I guess if first you don’t succeed, try and try again!

The Fat Bidin Vlog (Ep 2) – #AtTheEdge protest to fight for media freedom & family priorities!

The Fat Bidin Vlog

Ep 2 – #AtTheEdge protest to fight for media freedom & family priorities!

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As usual, mainstream interest in podcasts is going to kill its punk-rock appeal


Big broadcasters in the USA have been acquiring stakes in podcasting organisations. For example, CBS recently acquired 30% of podcast network, which hosts shows by Steve Austin, Shaquille O’Neal and Snooki.

This is all well and good seeing that podcasting is growing in the media world (but not so in Malaysia!). However, I wonder if the growth in interest for podcasting will actually rob it off it’s appeal – rawness and DIY-spirit.

As it is, many of the podcasts I listen to are beginning to be produced so slickly and polished that I might as well be listening to a mainstream radio station. Not so punk-rock anymore!

The podcasts that I do with my brother Aizyl Azlee are done so casually and candidly that people think we’re just playing a fool! In fact, we really are! We just want to have fun doing something that we believe in.

But hey, I guess there is a place on the huge InterWebs for anything and anyone!

Read this posting ‘Big broadcasters loosen purse strings for podcasting‘ on to find out more. about why big networks are clamouring for a piece of the podcast pie.