The #LetItBeeb campaign has succeeded in convincing Government to value music services and recognise that Radio 1 and 2 play an important role in the BBC’s public service offering, particularly in support of home-grown talent in the music industry.
In a statement UK Music urged that the BBC Charter renewal process must never facilitate a reduction in the breadth of musical choice for listeners.
UK Music CEO Jo Dipple said: “Collectively Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6Music, Asian Network, Proms, BBC Introducing, Glastonbury, festival coverage, five orchestras, BBC Singers, new music commissions, music broadcast programming and music documentaries give fans and listeners access to the most astounding and diverse range of musical content. BBC Music caters for a myriad of tastes which are not served by the commercial sector.”
She continued: “Without BBC Music services to support the development of new music, our industry would not only be poorer and listeners deprived, but this country would find it harder to outperform on the world stage. UK Music will be assessing the full implications of this historic White Paper with its members and we look forward to discussing it with the BBC, Government and Parliament in the coming weeks and months.”
Substantive changes to the way the BBC will operate in the future, and the way it is governed, must not be allowed to open the door to partial decision-making on music programming.
UK Music stands by its demand for more, not less music on the BBC.
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