Right, the step into middleaged, right – wing middle classdom seems to be inevitable, as the Daily Mail agrees with me on the BBC Radio3 issue:
“Breakfast on Radio 3 ‘has become Radio 2.5,’ say listeners who accuse BBC of cultural vandalism”
Well, unfortunately I have to agree with them. The hyperactive presentation reminds you of the worst excesses of Chris Evans, and the music is as demanding as an episode of ‘Murder she wrote’.
You really have to ask yourself: what were they thinking?
You know you have reached the stage of being a grumpy old man when you start complaining about Radio3 scheduling, but there we are.
Until recently there used to be three shows in the morning that would deliver pretty much continuous classical music.
Now there is ‘Essential Classics’, which sounds to me like a compilation CD from Morrisons. There are now ‘daily brainteasers’ and some guests who are asked to talk about their love of music.
If the controller of Radio3, a chap called Roger Wright, would try any harder to make this sound like ‘Classic FM’, all he would need to do now is introduce commercials.
All I want from his station is as much good music as possible, the works always in their entirety, I playlist so I can see what’s playing and as little talking as possible. You think he would get that.