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Radio 3's 70th Birthday
Posted by Geoff Diggines on October 2, 2016, 10:42 am
How good BBC Radio 3 has been in telling us how good they are, how wide ranging and diverse. Of course this can apply to the BBC in general, but it is more focused with Radio 3 whose audience is very small. One would have thought that any professional body, in self assessment, would reveal its warts and all, but not Radio 3. Although they have made putative attempts to appeal to a wider audience, to make themselves more user friendly, they still try to 'educate' their audience when presenting a concert etc. It is only relatively recently that regional accents have been heard (although very marginal). No trace of a black or Asian accent They still talk of 'going up to Oxford/Cambridge' as though they are the only universities worth mentioning. If you live north of Oxford, do you go down to Oxford? Their class component is a mix of upper-class and southern middle-class. And this corresponds to those they address (in London very much North West).All this turns many off of 'classical' music. They quite arrogantly claim that they are the 'envy of the world'. But both France and Germany, to name just two, have 'classical' channels which are more diverse and less hung up on class hubris Even in populist mode the elitism comes through. In this years Proms the presenter referred to a piece in the first half as a 'real corker'. I rest my case.
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