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Expert wants more online radio probes

2012-06-29 16:17

Cape Town - An IT specialist who alleged that listenership figures for online radio stations have been inflated said on Friday he would welcome another independent probe into the matter.

Shaun Dewberry published a report on his blog called "The Truth Behind Streaming Internet Radio in South Africa".

In the report, Dewberry claims that listenership figures for top internet radio station such as 2Oceansvibe and Ballz Visual Radio have been inflated.

The figures released by NetDynamix showed that the radio stations have tens of thousands of listeners but Dewberry found that this was a "complete fabrication".

NetDynamix responded with a legal threat and ordered Dewberry to remove the report from his blog.

Dewberry said in an interview with blog Lifeissavage.com that he had received a great deal of support for his claims, with forum members on MyBroadband.co.za “researching my allegations themselves and [coming] up with more supporting evidence from even deeper technical levels”.

The IT specialist also says NetDynamix haven’t followed up on their legal threats.  

However, the company did say in a press statement that it provides figures to radio stations based on "sessions".

A session is defined as a connection to the server(s) in order to receive the audio/video stream.

“This does not take into account that a listener could change devices or lose their connection to the server, at which point it needs to be re-established, or the change in IP address of that connection or change in route from point of connection to break-out onto the internet; to name just a few examples of multiple sessions being initiated to the service,” NetDynamix explained.

"It would not be in the interest of NetDynamix to give their clients any information other than the raw numbers generated by these 'sessions'," it said.

Seth Rotherham from 2Oceansvibe Radio said that he found the accusations alarming. 

Comments
  • tucj7 - 2012-06-29 17:05

    Did you not copy and paste the rest of this article? This is a ridiculous piece of writing! You're 4 days late with the story, now where's the rest of it? How do you end an article with a sentence like: "Seth Rotherham from 2Oceansvibe Radio said that he found the accusations alarming."? What's he going to do about it? Where's the juice? Man, this type of journalism is embarrassing!

  • trouzerjazz - 2012-06-29 17:05

    “This does not take into account that a listener could change devices or lose their connection to the server, at which point it needs to be re-established, or the change in IP address of that connection or change in route from point of connection to break-out onto the internet; to name just a few examples of multiple sessions being initiated to the service,” Ok what about when I fill up with petrol, answer my handsfree or stop my car to go to the shops quickly, would these count as multiple user sessions on traditional radio? Internet radio is the only way we get to listen to good music in this country, It will absolutely eventually overrun traditional radio formats because the SABC gives us no choice. Its all hip hop, R&B and adult contemporary, middle of the road, commercial pop. Me thinks they are trying to dumb us down. Rather listen to how many biatches I have and all my bentleys than get a political education by rage against the machine.

  • morne.nortier.98 - 2012-06-29 17:38

    Allegations against Ballz and 2Oceans whilst the accuser, Dewberry, works for a rival internet radio station... Cannot believe people even publish this crap. BTW. Ballz radio phoned Dewberry and challenged his accusations live on air and the guy was evasive, confused and completely lost at sea. Is what I am seeing here traditional media houses and broadcasting companies panicking about what the future of broadcasting and publishing holds? Latching onto half baked accusations from Dewberry?

  • morne.nortier.98 - 2012-06-29 17:46

    And here is another question... What qualify Mr. Dewberry as an 'Expert'? The document on his blog lists little more than companies he worked for with a vague reference to what he actually did. Surely and 'expert' has been qualified as actually being one?

  • morne.nortier.98 - 2012-06-29 17:56

    And my final thought. Mr. Dewberry's understanding of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and the 'parallels' he draws in his argument rather suggests he has little to no understanding at all.

  • steveroodt - 2012-06-29 18:16

    Yaaawn Not interested how many people log on. Ballz Visual Radio is the best

  • wallace.jefferson.9 - 2012-06-30 10:02

    bottom line is netdynamix admitted to giving ballz and 2ov information based on 'listeners' instead of 'sessions'. they have already apologised for that. I see a new update on the scandal here - http://www.2oceansvibe.com/2012/06/29/2oceansvibe-media-statement-regarding-radio-listenership-figures/

  • Billy - 2012-07-01 21:09

    what counts as a listener, 5 second connection? lol

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