Musictank announced today that their public meeting on jazz radio next Tuesday 19th Jazz On The Beeb at the Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone at 6 30 pm will have both Roger Wright, Controller of BBC Radio 3 and Head of the BBC Proms, and Lewis Carnie, Head of Programmes at BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music as speakers.
The full panel is Mykaell Riley, Head of Music Production, University of Westminster (introduction), Stuart Nicholson, Professor in Music Journalism, Leeds College of Music (keynote), Roger Wright, Lewis Carnie, Chris Hodgkins, Director of Jazz Services. Keith Harris will be in the chair.
The meeting will launch a paper: “The BBC – Jazz, Policy and Structure in The Digital Age” by Stuart Nicholson, Emma Kendon and Chris Hodgkins, with a foreword by John Fordham.
There are several comparisons in the paper with Germany, where there are many times more hours of jazz broadcast weekly than in the UK. Here’s a snippet from the paper’s summary:
In the eyes of many in the British Jazz economy, the BBC is no longer supporting jazz to the extent that it could, and many feel, should. This paper examines the specific needs of jazz, with its particular emphasis on live performance, and how these needs are being met by the BBC in comparison to other European public broadcasters. The issues affecting jazz impact upon broadcasting policy for all niche genres, including classical and opera. The report also suggests a solution that maximises DAB’s potential to deliver targeted, niche digital radio programming to what is claimed to be a hungry yet largely under-served audience and as such, attunes well to the Government’s recent Digital Britain report.
The price for public admission is £35.
LondonJazz forecast : Wright and Carnie will take the opportunity to unveil some interesting new programming.