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Saturday, 18 July 2015

BBC Radio Boss Leaps to Defend "Under Threat" Stations


The Director of BBC Radio has leapt to the defence of Radio 1 and Radio 2 amid concerns that output could be cut.

Helen Boaden, the hapless executive at the helm of BBC News during damaging Savile cover-up allegations, said that the stations offered "invaluable support to the UK music industry".

Her comments came only a day after the Government began a comprehensive review of BBC services, prior to the renewal of the Corporation's Royal Charter on 1st January 2017.

The Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale MP, is keen to see a BBC fit-for-purpose in the digital age where the consumer has much more choice that at the start of the current Charter period.

The Government has highlighted that Radio 1 and Radio 2 have a sizeable audience crossover and lack the individuality of smaller national stations like 6 Music. Radio 2 is the BBC's largest national station, with a weekly reach of just over 15m listeners.


According to Boaden, less than 10% of the tracks played on Radio 1 can be heard on its closest commercial equivalent, Capital, and around 60% of songs played on Radio 2 were not heard on any comparable commercial station.

The Controller of BBC Radio 1, Ben Cooper, said: "I am concerned that we are being used as poster boys for the green paper, but I believe we have the strongest arguments to clearly lay out to both listeners and opinion-formers that we are an integral part of the cultural landscape of this country.

"I’m really surprised they chose Radio 1 and Radio 2 to focus on. I have spent three and a half years refocusing the station to represent youth culture in the UK."

Boaden has called on BBC Radio listeners to add their voice to the debate.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Guys, I too only watch catch up tv, and not that much either. I canceled my licence too last year. I'm not that against the BBC or a fee, but I am against the maffia threat of you can't watch ANY live tv if you dont pay for the BBC upkeep. This is frankly blackmail, and I'm suprised that the goverment can get away with this still. Why the other TV channels havent challenged this is a mystery to me.
But now the goverment wants to change the law again to make us pay for ALL catch up too, just goes to prove our choice is being taken away again.
I look forward to being keep up to date via this blog, many thanks to all involved.