Radio 1’s Live Lounge sessions are among the station’s most popular features
BBC Radio 1 is to make dramatic cuts to its live music output, with the number of sessions by pop and rock bands dropping from 250 to 160 per year.
The station will also reduce the number of live events it covers from 25 to 10.
The BBC Trust has agreed to the changes, despite audience research showing “that live music is seen as a key strength of Radio 1”.
It said the cutbacks would enable savings made necessary by the freeze on the licence fee in 2010.
Live music has been a component of Radio 1’s output since its inception – with the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, The Smiths, Nirvana, Pulp and The White Stripes playing at venues including Maida Vale and John Peel’s family home in Great Finborough.
More recently, the “live lounge” strand on Jo Whiley and Fearne Cotton’s show has seen the likes of Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys, Katy Perry and Vampire Weekend playing covers of other artist’s songs.
The invitation to play a session for John Peel could make or break a band
Agreeing to the cuts, the BBC Trust said: “We expect Radio 1 to maintain a range of genres and artists within its sessions, including a mix of established and newer artists.
“We are also narrowing Radio 1’s quota for coverage of major live events and festivals so that it excludes special editions of live sessions, and includes only BBC and third-party live events. It will reduce from 25 to 10 events.”
The changes were revealed in a BBC Trust review of all of the BBC’s music radio stations – Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6 Music and the Asian Network.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment