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Ian A. wrote:
However, one thing remains true: the last time Charlie was off air for several years in the early '90s, the London scene hit a trough without its neighbourhood notice board, which is exactly what local radio ought to be providing. And whether the London-phobes in the rest of the country like it or not, London is the engine which drives the national scene. These days, with the added factor of listeners all over the country and the world via the net and the replayer, that's even more true.
During Charlie's absence back then, I tried to fill the gap when I had my World Routes (where did you hear that title since?) hour on Jazz FM, which deliberately aped the gig notice board format in the second part of the show - and happily brought Charlie back onto the air when I needed a stand-in from time to time.
The question remains: if BBC London won't do it, who will? Certainly not Capital or any of the commercial stations. Wonderful though quirky Resonance FM is, it doesn't have the reach. Contrast how buoyant world music is in London compared with the folk scene, where it's stronger in most other parts of the country than it is here. The difference: I believe a major factor is that there hasn't been a folk programme on the airwaves in London since the poor effort there used to be on Capital in the early '80s.
Solutions: don't have any right now. And we're still wondering if these new regulations being suggested by the dinosaur copyright collection agencies to bar internet access from the UK to "overseas" net radio willl stop people from listening to our own fRoots Radio, since it's hosted in Paris by Mondomix.
Feels like two steps forward, three steps back right now.
Nikki Atkinson wrote:Yesterday, while listening to PM on Radio 4 I am sure I heard mention of Channel 4 having plans to have a radio station of their own, though admittedly I think this would be for the broadcasting of news and current affairs (and that this would be seen as directly challenging BBC news output). I think the service is intended to be online. Perhaps, they may see fit to offer some kind of music programming, at a later stage, which marks them out differently from what BBC and other commercial stations may be offering? Just a thought.
Ian A. wrote:[You heard correctly, and let's just say that some programmes of a world music nature have already been commissioned by Channel 4 Radio from a new production company with a little bit of expertise . . .
Ian A. wrote:The question remains: if BBC London won't do it, who will?
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