Monday, December 20, 2010
Musicians' Union support the campaign
The Musicians’ Union (MU) has expressed concerns about the axing of two popular specialist music programmes on BBC Local Radio Stations. BBC Radio London’s ‘A World in London’ and Radio Derby’s ‘Folkwaves’ face the chop at the end of 2010.
‘A World in London’ is one of the BBC’s most inclusive programmes, boasting a unique mix of local and international artist interviews, eclectic mixes of new and classic global and UK folk music, CD reviews, and the Going Global diary of world music concerts, clubs & cultural events in London. ‘Folkwaves’ is a long-running and award winning folk programme which is listened to nationally on the web.
Horace Trubridge, MU Assistant General Secretary says:
“We are very concerned that these two programmes have been axed with no consultation and very little warning. According to its remit to support minority and specialist music, these are the very sorts of programmes that the BBC should be supporting. They are also both very popular programmes, as demonstrated by the outcry that has been caused by these announcements.
“The loss of these programmes would be disastrous for musicians, who would lose out on airplay and royalties as well as publicity for upcoming gigs. The MU is asking the BBC to reconsider.”