I want to comment and 'like' on Facebook but...
'BBC Radio 3,will, I suppose, make this abysmal state of things into a sort of national standard. The worst journalists and bloggers it co-opts by dipping into its very weighty bag of goodies because they fit in well with Radio 3's own standards, and so also they try to co-opt the best, often with success, because they live in mortal fear that they may one day train their critical faculties full bore on Radio 3 itself. And so I wasn't surprised to find Dr. Service occasionally is on there, nor to learn that Mr. Lebrecht will be. There are only two music blogs in Britain, as I review in my mind those I'm pretty well-acquainted with, that I know are untarnished by all this, and only one I can think of that is willing to go head to head with the Beeb, and that is the most admirable one I'm commenting on at this very moment.'That is part of a comment added by Philip Amos to yesterday's post. Many other personal emails have been received from readers who agree with the thrust of my recent articles, but for professional reasons feel unable to publicly state their views. Here is an example which is quoted anonymously with the permission of the sender:
'Your post on the Gothic...just so RIGHT! I dare say you've had a lot of readership and feedback - hope so. I would like to 'like' and comment on Facebook but you'll have to take it as read!'Ratings mean very little to me. But independent measures suggest my views are finding an audience, even if it cannot publicly agree with me. So, once again, whose hand is on the balance control?
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'I listened to the second half on a a freeview television set. It was interesting to note that the BBC's screen text gave the name of the piece and the composer and a plug for the proms website but did not mention any of the performers - not even Martyn Brabbins whose control of the vast forces was simply astonishing.
However the blurb did single out one important name for special mention. On a page all by itself it said "presented by Tom Service". What a strange sense of priorities!
Presenter Petroc Trelawny is billed above the musicians and the repertoire in yet another example of the rapidly growing cult of the presenter.