BBC Electric Proms Axed
BBC Radio Two’s Electric Proms will not go ahead this year as the corporation seeks way to cut costs and budgets in the wake of the licence fee freeze and taking on the additional responsibilities of S4C, BBC Monitoring and BBC World Service.
BBC Radio Two’s Electric Proms will not go ahead this year as the corporation seeks way to cut costs and budgets in the wake of the licence fee freeze and taking on the additional responsibilities of Welsh language broadcaster S4C, BBC Monitoring and BBC World Service. Job losses with the BBC World Service and service cut backs have also been announced while the BBC’s Online services will also be cut back. Now it has been announced that the latest victim of the BBC cuts are the Electric Proms which have been held for the past five years.
“In the current climate, we are faced with making difficult decisions, including how best to deliver high-quality live music programming throughout the year in light of continuing efficiency savings. I feel that Radio 2 can achieve the same impact of the Electric Proms in an alternative, more cost effective way. I’m disappointed that the lifetime of Electric Proms has come to an end, but very proud of its fantastically rewarding run of creating new moments in music for the past five years.” – Bob Shennan, Controller, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music
“Radio 2 remains as committed as ever to live music programming, and we will replicate the spirit of Electric Proms within the live music schedule. In addition to Electric Proms last year, Radio 2 featured live performances ranging from Paolo Nutini performing in Paisley to Paloma Faith at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival; Scissor Sisters performing live on Ken Bruce’s mid-morning show to Bryn Terfel singing Christmas classics at the Mermaid Theatre for Friday Night is Music Night……. It’s also our ambition to work with BBC Two again very soon as the radio/television/online offering was hugely enjoyed by listeners and viewers – Jeff Smith, Head of Music, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music
The decision by the BBC to cancel the Electric Proms to save money could very well meet with protest from industry insiders and musicians. When the BBC announced plans to close 6 Music there was a wide spread and organised protest with many leading stars lending their backing to the campaign. The BBC ultimately reversed its decision to close 6 Music because of the successful campaign.