The MU deplores the decision by the BBC to reduce the broadcast opportunities for the BBC Big Band. To a large extent it is studio broadcasts of live music that distinguishes the BBC from its commercial rivals. The dumbing down of Radio 2 in this way is a major blow to the provision of broadcast live music in this country. Big Band Special has been on the radio every week for over thirty years and the BBC’s own website describes it as ‘a pillar of the Monday evening schedule’.
The MU has been involved with the BBC Big Band for many years and we supported them through their issues with the BBC in the early to mid 1990s. We assisted them in keeping their name after their separation from the BBC and also helped to oversee their new relationship with the BBC, and we will continue to support the band through the latest developments.
We have expressed our concerns to the BBC and we are currently in discussions with them. In the meantime, the MU urges Members to sign the petition and show support for this historic band:
Posted: September 7, 2013