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Thread #58124   Message #2082903
Posted By: sian, west wales
21-Jun-07 - 05:49 AM
Thread Name: BBC Closes Folk Show
Subject: RE: BBC Closes Folk Show
I'd be interested to know what makes some programmes 'work' and others not. Or maybe that's the wrong question but anyway ...

Celtic Heartbeat on BBC Radio Wales (Frank Hennessy's programme) is its number 1 listened-to programme - and that by a matter of thousands, not a few handfuls (combining broadcast and webcast figures apparently). So Radio Wales would be hard-pressed to argue that 'no one likes folk'. They DID change the broadcast slot from 10 p.m. to 7 p.m. which I know displeased some people, particularly those who were out gigging on a Saturday night.   I "Listen Again" online so it doesn't bother me. Was this step taken by programmers hoping to erode the figures? Dunno.

Anyway - are these cancelled programmes really as unpopular as the Suits make them out to be or are they covering up the real figures just to perpetuate their own narrow and uninformed tastes? I know Frank, and work brings me in to contact with Alistair (quite a bit recently - oddly enough) and I can't believe that Alistair's work wouldn't be just as interesting as Frank's.

I don't get it.