Proud not to be an official BBC music blogger
Congratulations to my friend Jessica Duchen who has been appointed BBC Radio 3's official Mendelssohn blogger for his bicentenary year in 2009. Readers will be disappointed to hear I did not apply for the post. Anyway, Jessica will do a much better job of 'moderating comments and discussions' about Radio 3's output. I hardly listen to Radio 3 these days. But this morning I heard a presenter, who would not have got past the first interview for a call centre job, imploring listeners to send in emails dissing Brahms' music, presumably so the 'listener participation' box could be ticked.
The arrival of BBC 'official bloggers' is relevant to the discussion about double-dipping. Having got critics including Norman Lebrecht, James Jolly and Tom Service on-side the lower orders in the classical music food chain are now being targeted by the BBC. I can just see what is going to happen. An official Radio 3 blogger decides, as I did today, that a programme is unlistenable crap, and posts accordingly. Official blogger is assigned to other duties by the BBC. Anguished screams of 'free-speech' from the blogging music critics. Thanks, but I'll stick to 'unofficial' blogging.
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