Sunday, July 20, 2008

BBC harms the ability of british bands to be heard abroad

For the past four years I have been listening to British radio on the internet being British, or more accurately Scottish. This means rather than listening to US crap radio new crap and horribly regurgitated garbage I have listened to radio like Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephens and Vic Galloway. This means I hear interesting new music rather than dross.
This week the new BBC iplayer was fully loaded. They claim to have upgraded radio quality but this is only for UK residents. For folks listening to abroad they have downgraded the quality to 64kbps which sounds dreadful.
This listen again feature has lead me to hear new British bands and many others also find new music this way then go to see them when you travel abroad and buy the CDs as imports.
We also buy the CDs when they are released over here and crappy US radio will not play them due to not fitting into a defined format.
BBC has stabbed british bands in the back.
You should fight this it will hurt british band's ability to expand beyond British shores.

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