2009-02-28

radio douze points

It's all in the assumptions. Public service television assumes that they have to chase viewer ratings just like commercial channels.

So they take a classic music event like the EuroSong qualification, Melodifestivalen, and chop it up into bits and pieces. Away goes the orchestra. And so we find ourselves, week after week, left with a ragout of first chances, phone votes, second chances, sing-back, duels, infantile hosts and international jury selections.

No, I'm not saying music was necessarily better in the old days. I'm saying there's a lot of good music today which disappears in this chaotic format. Fortunately, radio has been invented.
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