BBC Newsbeat has recently reported that BBC Radio 1 is having to reduce the number of live sessions (from 250 to 160) in order to save money. Along with this, a cut down of festival and gig reports will also have to be endured, with the expectant coverage decreasing from 25 per year to 10.
The BBC Trust has also suggested that the station make more of its own documentaries: “We are approving this change to the service licences as we think this will allow Radio 1 and 1Xtra to make better use of high cost programmes… We will also amend 1Xtra’s service licence to add a condition for the number of documentaries it must broadcast, as it currently has no numeric number”.
Fortunately, the Newsbeat report ensured there would be no cut backs of the Live Lounge and Maida Vale sessions. To many however, the cut backs of live music will surely be a severe disappointment.