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Paul McNamee: Dial down your BBC griping

Posted On: 10 Feb 2020   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

Last week radio stations across Britain revealed how many of us tune in to them. Two big climbers were BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Radio 3 had its highest figures since 2016 - more than two million a week. Classic FM did even better. They had more than 5.4 million listeners
You can make any number of reasoned arguments why this might be.
Alan Davey , the boss of Radio 3, talked of “having a place where you can take time out from the world, listen to something in depth and get a new perspective”.
And while executives announcing good news can get a bit platitudinous, there is some truth to what he says.
In the deep, dark trenches of the Brexit debates last year, an alternative was present. Why listen to a minor government minister repeat a line they barely believe themselves when you could stop for 10 minutes in your kitchen and be surrounded by a Bach mass?
With Classic FM, you get comfortable repetition. You can't switch on for more than 10 minutes before you're hit by Holst's Planets or Vaughan Williams'...

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