He also mentions my comments elsewhere about previous difficulties in getting BBC recordings onto commercial discs and draws attention to the short-lived BBC Radio Classics series. The source of my previous comments was a former senior BBC Music Producer, active in the 1980s and 1990s. The BBC has gone through (and continues to endure!) an ongoing process of changes in policy and practice. At various times, I was told, the question of tracking down the master tapes of BBC recordings was discussed. The inevitably extended process of obtaining permission and agreement from the composer or his/her estate (as appropriate) and from the performers (again as appropriate) required dedicated and often complex negotiation. That takes a lot of time and, therefore, money. Decisions were taken and then rescinded which led to the appearance and then disappearance of BBC Radio Classics.
It would take a very, very lengthy paper on the subject to trace the discussions involved at the BBC and some of those discussions were related to me with no thought of my making them public knowledge. I do not feel therefore that I can go further than I have.
The important issue is that, wherever past responsibilities lay for the situation, we now have an agreement between the various parties concerned. This is cause for genuine celebration.
The prospects of so many of the fine British compositions written and broadcast between the early 1950s and the mid-1990s making it finally onto commercial cd are now better than they have ever been. Eager anticipation-certainly from me!!
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