What a Karajan at the BBC
Apologies to readers, who like me, tuned in vain to BBC Radio 4 at 7.15pm this evening to hear the 'reassessment' of Herbert von Karajan's life and work that I mentioned in one of today's post.
I picked up information on the programme from today's Guardian radio listings which highlighted the Karajan programme. This information would have been supplied by the BBC publicity department. As programmes sometimes change I went to Radio 4's webpage. This clearly says:
19:15 Front Row 23 January 2008
Arts news and reviews with Mark Lawson, including a reassessment of the life and work of Herbert von Karajan as the centenary of the maestro's birth approaches.
Just to make sure doubly-sure I googled 'BBC Radio 4 Karajan' and found another page on the BBC website which confirmed that the programme was being aired today at 7.15pm. So I linked to it.
At 7.15 there was no Karajan feature, no explanation, and no apology. Like so many things the BBC does today, totally hopeless.
In the old days at least we made our mistakes with style.
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I assume that Classical WETA-FM did not want to have American classical music on its First Anniversary playlist. (Sharon Percy Rockefeller, the President and CEO of Classical WETA-FM, was recently elected to the eight-member Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Art, in Washington. Ms. Rockefeller's in-laws -- of course -- were major collectors, and donors to American museums nationwide, of outstanding American classical painting and sculpture.)