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Ian HP Transatlantic Sessions 2 ---The Latest! (33) RE: Transatlantic Sessions 2 ---The Latest! 09 Mar 99

I ahve just sent this email to the Beeb. I suggest others do likewide.

Re: FW: Transatlantic Sessions 2 To: Sian Evans-Customer-Services References: 1

How very disappointing it was to receive such a dismissive reply. Apparently The Transatlantic Sessions falls under the heading of allowing "various Nations and Regions to make programmes tailored to their own communities." I suppose then, that it has also been shown in the USA and Ireland, since there are artists of those nationalities on it? How very parochial. I suppose this also means that the BBC is going to cease showing any more sitcoms, series or documentaries from the USA or Australia since we, being English, could not possibly be interested.

The Scheduler's Office also says, "I can assure you this does not indicate any change in music policy by the BBC." This is exactly what worries me. One of the most culturally important events of the 20th century has been the revival of English traditional music by collectors Cecil Sharp et al and then the folk revival. In the coming millennium programmes there is not a single mention of this. Whereas traditional and traditionally-inspired music is part of the atmosphere in Ireland, in England we are used to being ignored and prone to sneering stereotypes. I don't know why I expected better from the new BBC. Bring back Jim Lloyd.

Sian Evans-Customer-Services wrote:

> Thank you for contacting the BBC. I have had a reply back > from the Scheduler's Office to pass on to you? > > > Thank you for your email. Transatlantic Sessions 2 was commissioned > > by BBC Scotland for transmission in Scotland only. Unfortunately the fact > > the first series got a UK Network transmission doesn't in any way > > guarantee the second series will get one. Many programmes are made in the > > different Nations - Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the English > > Regions which are never shown on the Network, some might say this is a BBC > > weakness but we feel it allows various Nations and Regions to make > > programmes tailored to their own communities. We understand that > > occasionally viewers will be frustrated by this fact. > > > > So at the moment we have no plans to repeat the series. I can assure > > you this does not indicate any change in music policy by the BBC. I > > appreciate that this must be disappointing for yourself and other folk > > music fans but please remember the BBC does try to cater for all music > > tastes on all its services be that Television, Network Radio and Local > > Radio, including the Cambridge Folk Festival on BBC Two. > > > I hope this information is satisfactory. > > Best wishes >

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