“I never make predictions…

…and I never will” is a quote attributed to the English footballer Paul Gascoigne, who clearly knew the philosophy behind our natural desire as human beings to have a go at guessing what things will be like in the future.

(c) Martin Cooper

Most of the time we fail, which is why now is a good moment to watch a movie trailer. I’m hoping that it’ll give some context for what’s to follow. The trailer is for a 1979 black-and-white art-house British movie about a radio DJ who goes on a road trip through a bleak English landscape from London to Bristol. The music is – and remains – electrifying.

That was shot forty years ago, and still the sound – later in the movie – of Bowie screaming lyrics in German touches my soul and makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. Listen to this…

From the past to the (near) present: to ask why radio has an enduring appeal. I’ll freely admit that industry professionals are still trying to figure out an answer to this question, as this report from the BBC’s David Grossman in 2014 explains. In the meantime, we’re happy to carry on working in the medium that inspires and motivates us to be creative.

So then, what about the future? In particular, what future for news? Here journalists and pundits, including Robert Peston, John Humphreys, Caitlin Moran, and Martha Lane Fox look forward to 2025 and how we’ll be getting our news. Some of this is already happening. Perhaps the future is already here?

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