One, Two, Three: BBC Radio's formation of intercluded stations, from the Marriott Report (1957) to the present.

Witts, Richard (2013) One, Two, Three: BBC Radio's formation of intercluded stations, from the Marriott Report (1957) to the present. 8th Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900, 12-15 September 2013, Hope University, Liverpool.

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Abstract

In early 1957 Richard Marriott (Assistant Director, Radio) led a working party in his name that determined the future of domestic radio in the face of commercial television's launch (1955-62). He concluded that radio would survive through music. The full range of music must be broadcast, he decided, but the stations must be vertically distinguishable through the canonic promotion of discrete genres. In this way he developed strands for particular types of popular music (Light/Radio 1), 'sweet' music (Light/Radio 2) and light classical music (Music Programme/Radio 3). The opposition and tactics of music department staff and the Musicians' Union, together with unanticipated events such as the Pilkington Report (1962) and the pirate radio stations (1964-7), formed fractures in Marriott's strategies that remain periodically obtrusive – in particular the employment of orchestras and the provision of music through intercluded services. This paper inspects the history of canonic music provision on BBC radio, examining the consequences for the corporation of incremental digitalisation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Media
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Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 08:46
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/5587

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