The first 'conventional' TV programme made by and for Radio One audiences gets a linear television outing tonight. BBC Radio 1's live lounge month is being crystallised into four one hour programmes shown at 8pm on sequential Fridays on BBC FOUR.
I suspect the commercial sector will cry foul at this. It does seem to be against the spirit, if not the letter, of the (former) BBC Trust licence for Radio 1's video service.
If it's aired on the Radio 1 video/on-line service, why can't it be revisioned for a wider audience who would like to see a series of 'less is more' music performances. Better to use the footage twice, than to hire another studio and book the artist to sing the same songs again.
Wonder if we'll get BBC Radio Two and BBC Six Music performances that were played out on the red button, being going to get a Friday night BBC Four showing in the same way?
By the way, the commercial sector will cry foul of this. They seem to take great delight in 'airswiping' the BBC, whilst all the time hoping no-one will actually notice how mindnumbingly formulaic and repetitve their services actually are.
BBC. Providing public service music broadcasting.
Commercial Radio. Providing a profit for the station owners.
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