The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #61093   Message #981134
Posted By: Peter K (Fionn)
11-Jul-03 - 06:04 AM
Thread Name: Singing/Fishing BBCRadio2 tonight
Subject: RE: Singing/Fishing BBCRadio2 tonight
Ed, part of Greg's argument was that this re-broadcast need not have gone out in the only radio slot given over to folk music. Those ballads were a huge step in the development of radio, they are of real historical interest and they are strong enough to stand on their own. Moreover the subject matter was folklore and social history. It sells them short to treat them as folk music just because they contain folk songs.

John's suggestion is not that daft. Mediawatchers and advertising agencies didn't give Classic FM a chance but it is now financially strong. But a radio station doesn't need to be that big to survive. I sometimes wonder about the economics of BBC Radio 3, which must sometimes broadcast to an audience almost too small to estimate. (Probably not much more than 100,000?) I don't complain because I quite often appreciate the output, but this particular element of public-srvice broadcasting is surely beyond justifying on any rational basis?

And if the BBC can give an entire station over to serious broadcasting of serious music, why can't they go beyond one good program a week (which Mike Harding's isn't anyway) on folk music? Maybe Ralphie might call by with some thoughts.