Radio 1 Asked to be a Bit More British

By Gary Cutlack on at

A BBC report into its two main radio stations -- Radio 1 and Radio 2 -- has asked future controllers to place more of an emphasis on UK-bred talent, asking bosses to boost the ratio of homegrown talent to those American R&B artists within the playlists of both stations.

The latest thinking from the BBC [DOC] says it wants 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."

That said, the BBC thinks it's already doing a good job of keeping Radio 1 and Radio 2 distinct from each other -- and the competition. The report says: "Radio 1 typically repeats songs less often on average compared with commercial stations: 96 different new songs a week on Radio 1 get six plays each on average, compared to 25 songs, played 15 times each on average on the comparable commercial station," which is quite the change from the Radio 1 we remember that only played about six songs all day throughout most of the 80s and 90s. [BBC Distinctiveness via BBC]

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