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Posted By: GUEST,you go away for a couple of days!
15-May-06 - 12:13 PM
Thread Name: BBC - No Music License - UK
Subject: BBC - No Music License - UK
just got back from a weekend festival to hear that although all the venues had to get licenses or not go ahead the BBC manage to bypass by getting staff to stand in for the general public - oh the hard times of old England .....


BBC bypasses live music license law
The BBC is being forced to fill its audience for Top of the Pops with staff members after discovering it has no licence to stage live music for the general public.

Director-general Mark Thompson has sent an email plea to staff asking them to attend a recording of the pop show on Wednesday. The BBC had been unaware it was doing anything wrong by putting on music entertainment at Television Centre in west London.

However, the Corporation received legal advice confirming that it is in breach of the Licensing Act. The public are now barred from attending studio shows which feature live music.

Programmes affected include Strictly Dance Fever and Later... with Jools Holland.

Mr Thompson's email was sent to staff on Thursday afternoon - only a few hours before TOTP is being recorded.

The email read: "We're asking for your help, and also hoping we can offer you some fun at the same time. A new law came into force recently which requires some public entertainment to be licensed. The BBC always seeks to operate fully within the law.

"Contrary to advice originally received, it now appears that the BBC needs a licence for certain audience shows. We are in the process of obtaining this. But while we do so, we need to introduce some restrictions on recording studio shows in front of members of the public.

"We can however use audiences drawn from members of staff only, and we're therefore inviting you to attend the programmes affected - from Strictly Dance Fever to Top of the Pops - which need recording during the time that it will take us to resolve the situation."

It invited recipients to click on an email link to register their attendance. The show features The Ordinary Boys, Katie Melua and the Beautiful South.

BBC programmes Friday Night With Jonathan Ross and National Lottery Jet Set are also affected because they include a live music act every week. Rather than replace the audience for these shows, the BBC is considering pre-recording the music slots to get around the law.