BOMBED WITH SPOILERS: The BBC has been forced to make a series of changes to its music selection process after the discovery of an untitled, unrecorded track.
The news comes after the broadcaster was forced to scrap its list of BBC World Service (WS) programs due to an audio leak in a hotel in Scotland.
“It was very, very disappointing,” said producer Chris Smith, who worked on BBC Radio 4’s flagship programme, The World at One, for nearly three decades.
“We had to make changes.
We were trying to work out what was happening in the room and we couldn’t.”
This is a great opportunity for the BBC to be on the front foot, to be at the forefront of new music.
“When you look at the BBC, they are an agency that has a huge heritage of performing music and they’re always looking for new ways to bring it to life.”
The BBC’s music selection team has been working on the programme since June, but it has been “stuck” for three weeks because of a faulty audio system, which has caused the selection to fail.
It means that the BBC is no longer allowed to choose the songs for programmes such as BBC One’s Music Box, which airs every Wednesday.
“I’m very disappointed in that,” said Mr Smith.
“I can’t imagine any other producer being so happy to be involved in something so important.”
There was a bit of a buzz about it at the beginning but we didn’t have any idea of the problems that were brewing.
“Once we got the news that it was a real problem, we had to work on it.”
The team will now be reviewing the selections and will decide what is to be done next.
“The BBC is working on a whole series of things, the first of which is to get rid of the BBC World service,” said BBC Music Director-General, Paul Glynn.
“If that’s not possible then we’ll probably just go ahead and put a separate selection on.”
The selection process has been beset with problems.
The BBC confirmed last month that it had discovered an untapped recording of the tune ‘Won’t Stop Believing’, which was previously broadcast on The World At One, but has yet to decide whether to use it or simply scrap it.
“As it stands we have no idea where this track came from, nor what its intended use is,” said the BBC.
“But we will be looking closely at the performance and its audio quality and its impact on the production of music for the forthcoming series.”
In a statement, Mr Smith added: “I have no doubt the BBC will find that it has a problem.”
They will be in a difficult position but we have a great, great producer here.
“My hope is that we’ll be able to make some progress with this and get some great, new music on the air.”
It was a similar story in the UK, where BBC Radio 2’s Musicbox was forced into the news last month after an audio problem meant it was forced out of the lineup.
In a news story, Mr Glynn said that the decision was made after “a discussion with [Radio 2 producer] Paul” about the situation.
“Paul has been involved with music for many years and we were talking about his work with the World Service,” he said.
“In the end, we agreed that there would be no problem in continuing with our World Service lineup.”
However, we are aware that there are other options available and we will look at them as part of our programme selection process.”‘
Music is a huge part of BBC culture’It follows similar problems with BBC Radio 1’s music programme, Radio 2 Today, which is also currently unavailable for listeners due to the loss of the World service.”
Radio 2 Today has been an important part of the culture of the UK for many, many years,” said Music Box producer Paul Gallagher.”
To do that, you need the right people, so this is very disappointing.
“In his statement, the BBC said that it would be taking “immediate action” to rectify the problem.
However, the news comes just days after the BBC announced that it is “reviewing its music catalogue” in an attempt to “determine what options remain to offer audiences new music”.”
We are sorry to hear of this issue, and wish to offer our thanks to everyone involved in the selection process for their work in the past.”