BBC Radio Committed To Playing More Music From UK Artists | Music News
After a recent review into its practices, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 have had to defend their music offering. Both stations feature artists from all over the world. The stations have faced criticism from the government for not being distinct enough and making it harder for other stations to compete with their more commercial music offering.
The stations where also seen to be too similar, despite only sharing 6% of the same songs. The BBC have also claimed 90% of songs played can’t be heard anywhere else. The struggle to keep listeners interested is getting tougher as the BBC faces competition from Apple, Spotify and Amazon amongst others who all offer radio and podcast services.
In response, the BBC will pay renewed attention to new and homegrown talent on both BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2, with the network working to “ensure that Radio 1 and Radio 2 have a strong commitment to new and UK music so that a strong proportion of the new music in daytime on Radio 1 and Radio 2 should be from the UK“. A report into the BBC as a whole will be made available in May. It should tell us more about what the future of music on the BBC will look like.
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