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BBC Scotland axe folk show

GUEST,Derek Schofield 14 Feb 12 - 10:46 AM
GUEST,henryp 14 Feb 12 - 11:14 AM
Tattie Bogle 14 Feb 12 - 11:20 AM
BobKnight 14 Feb 12 - 01:49 PM
gnu 14 Feb 12 - 02:05 PM
Kenny B (inactive) 14 Feb 12 - 03:36 PM
GUEST,Jim Knowledge 15 Feb 12 - 10:45 AM
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Subject: BBC Scotland axe folk show
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 14 Feb 12 - 10:46 AM

Classical music show to replace folk show...

From The Scotsman, published on Tuesday 14 February 2012 12:37

BBC Radio Scotland is facing growing criticism after confirming it is cancelling another of its popular music programmes.

With anger still mounting over the axeing of Janice Forsyth's Saturday morning show from the schedules, long-time presenter Mary Ann Kennedy has been told her Global Gathering show is also being taken off-air.

The two-hour showcase for world and traditional music is being removed to make way for a classical music programme.

The show, which was previously called Celtic Connections, has been on the air in various guises for more than 20 years.

It has provided a major platform for folk, roots and world music acts from Scotland, including Martyn Bennett, Peatbog Faeries, Shooglenifty, Admiral Fallow, Treacherous Orchestra and Rachel Sermanni.

The news that the Tuesday night show will be replaced at the beginning of April has dismayed fans and musicians alike, many of whom took to Twitter to voice their disapproval.

Singer Maeve Mackinnon, one of four young musicians to appear on the show with specially-commissioned work recently, said: "BBC Radio Scotland intend to axe the Global Gathering next month. Voice your opposition folks."

One blogger, Kate Higgins, said: "No show has done more to promote folk, roots and world music with a distinctly Scottish wrap than this programme. The best thing about it is the certain knowledge you will discover something new, something you've never heard before."

Ian Green, founder of Greentrax Records, said: "I honestly feel that some of the people at the top of BBC Scotland have not got a bloody clue about Scottish culture. This decision is absolutely ridiculous."

Ms Kennedy, a successful singer and record producer, as well as veteran broadcaster, said she had been told the news of the show's cancellation at the end of last month. She declined to comment further on the BBC's decision but said: "It's a privilege to present a show that sits at the crossroads of Scotland's inspiring musical creativity and cultural diversity at a time when Scots musicians command respect and admiration from right across the spectrum of global roots music."

A Radio Scotland spokeswoman said: "Global Gathering will be replaced by a new revamped Classics Unwrapped programme – encouraging listeners to both play and listen – bringing the world of classical music in Scotland to a new audience.

"BBC Radio Scotland features a wide range of Scottish and international music – including folk, traditional, and global music – elsewhere in its schedule. The station will continue to offer distinctive music across its evening schedule and is committed to promoting new music and Scottish artists within these programmes."

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Subject: RE: BBC Scotland axe folk show
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 14 Feb 12 - 11:14 AM

A shocking decision by BBC Scotland. Haven't the BBC already got a radio channel devoted to classical music? Can't they receive it in Scotland? In England, of course, we're lucky to get one hour a week of folk music on Radio 2 from Mike Harding. We are happy to share it.

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Subject: RE: BBC Scotland axe folk show
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 14 Feb 12 - 11:20 AM

This is just another in a series of dubious decisions by BBC Radio Scotland, who seem determined to replace or displace many of our well-loved and oft-listened to programmes featuring Scottish and other traditional and world music with an insipid diet of sport, news and pop music: the latter are already vastly over-represented. And we already have a classical music programme on Sunday afternoons.
A few years back, Mr Anderson's Fine Tunes in the afternoon, was moved to a late night slot, then we had "The Reel Blend" with Robbie Shepherd axed completely - the same year as the programme was nominated for the Media Award in the annual Scots Trad Music Awards, and won the award. Of course, the TV coverage conveniently 'forgot' to show this and the standing ovation that Robbie got. Also recently, there are moves to axe the very popular Janice Forsyth show on Saturday mornings: she has an eclectic mix of musical genres among her studio guests and interviews. This proposal is being fought by a petition which many fans of her show have signe.
And Mary Ann Kennedy's show is always a delight, bringing new and older established artists from all corners of the earth to our attention.

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Subject: RE: BBC Scotland axe folk show
From: BobKnight
Date: 14 Feb 12 - 01:49 PM

The erosion of Scottish culture takes another step forward. BBC and BBC Scotland is not anhancing its reputation in any way, shape or form North of the border. Growing numbers of Scots no longer believe, or trust the BBC, and trust, once lost will not be regained.

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Subject: RE: BBC Scotland axe folk show
From: gnu
Date: 14 Feb 12 - 02:05 PM

I am shocked! The only possible reason I can think of is roaylty payments and that's a STRETCH.

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Subject: RE: BBC Scotland axe folk show
From: Kenny B (inactive)
Date: 14 Feb 12 - 03:36 PM

Anyone fancy making up a draft joint letter to our MSPs to get them, in a "lead up to referendum time", to challenge the BBC
In it detailing the all the recent losses of Scottish culture programmes on the radio. I dont have a great knowledge of the programmes but miss the Robbie Shephard one.

PS Steven / Tatty B
Ive started a Sunday nite session in the Swann in Lennoxtown starting around 9pm - 11pm.
"U know who" turned up last Sunday and after he said hello said do performers get a free pint. Nothing changes

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Subject: RE: BBC Scotland axe folk show
From: GUEST,Jim Knowledge
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 10:45 AM

I `ad that spokeswoman from BBC Scotland in my cab the other day. Lovely kilt and Arran sweater, shame about the sporran. Somebody should-a told `er shoulder bags are more becoming on a lassie.
I said, "You`ve gone and got them Mudcatters all riled up with your taking those folk music programmes off the air. Certainly don`t do much for showcasing Scottish culture, does it?"
She said, all `oity-toity like, "Not at all Jim, we`ve taken very positive steps to ensure the musical `eritage of a proud Scotland is well aired and `eard throughout the land".
I said, "Oh, so you`ll be playing Jimmy Shand and Robin `all and Jimmy McGregor?"
She said, "Nae Jim, we`ve planned "Classics Unwrapped". In amonst all the fiddle, piano and oboe numbers we`ve got Alex Salmond doing all of Robbie Burns` song book!!"

Whaddam I Like??

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