UK artists to get more airtime on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2


UK artists will get more airtime on Radio 1 and Radio 2 under new plans unveiled by the BBC.

In a review titled "A distinctive BBC", the corporation said it wanted to "ensure that Radio 1 and Radio 2 have a strong commitment to new and UK music so that a strong proportion of the new music in daytime on Radio 1 and Radio 2 should be from the UK".

The move to strengthen its commitment to homegrown artists follows Government criticism that the BBC was "not distinctive enough" ahead of a White Paper on the future of the BBC, which is expected to be published next month.

The report also said approximately 90% of the songs played on Radios 1 and 2 were not played on any other station. It praised Radio 1 as "a particular champion for new and UK music" and said it exceeded its quota for this.

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Comparing the two stations, it said Radio 1 shared only 6% of music it plays with Radio 2, and Radio 2 shared just 5% of its tracks with Radio 1.

Explaining the overlap, it went on to say that it was "mainly owing to the handful of artists whose music appeals to a wide range of demographics.

"Adele, for example, is 27, still within Radio 1´s target age range, but her songs have an almost universal appeal. Ultimately, however, the difference between the two stations is the next track after Adele: on Radio 1 it will often be a cutting-edge track from a brand new band; on Radio 2 it is more likely to be a classic 60s or 70s song."

The review comes ahead a decision on the future public funding of the BBC later this year when its Royal Charter is renewed.