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Sir Arthur Pringle wrote:I remember reading an interview in the Observer around 1993 with a BBC bigwig Liz Forgan? (was that her name??) One of the questions was "How can you allow Radio 2 to continue to shed listeners and not do anything about it?" She had no real answer. Bear in mind it was David Hatch - director of radio - who put his foot down and brought back Wogan (i believe against Line's wishes) with Paul Walters as his producer and freedom to create his own playlist. Brian Hayes's audience was down to about 2 million

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It seemed to be a station that was stuck in the past: I can recall the theme music to the Sky At Night being played in daytime and David Jacobs playing forties music at lunchtime. As Radio 1 moved to playing new music and Radio 2 refused to change, the BBC lost millions of listeners. Where I live an ILR station opened playing music the BBC refused to play- such as middle of the road chart pop, adult rock and seventies and eighties hits- and soon took 40 per cent of the audience. The BBC in the mid nineties really was neglecting the audience born between 1940 and 1970.
However, I was really thankful for Jim Moir taking over Radio 2 and installing Johnnie Walker and the like as the station started appealing to the 30 to 60 age group and old tripe like Sing Something Simple, Sunday Soapbox and Alan Dell were phased out, as well as bizarre light music in daytime. No wonder Radio 2 attracts 13 million listeners a week and is way ahead of Radio 1, it plays music the listeners want and the DJs don't behave like teenagers.
Yet the dire Sunday night offerings need to be ditched or put somewhere else.



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Why don't they axe bloody Desmond Carrington and his senile music now? The Music Goes Round, no it doesn't you old fool. The closest DC has come to anything contemporary was when he used to play Begin the Beguine in the eighties and that was so middle of the road it could have been made in 1940, not 1981. Who really wants to listen to his weirdbeard music nowadays?
However, at last we are freed of Parkinson, no more songs about New York in 1929, my yiddische momma or tedious jazz. Michael Ball seems to be making a decent go of lunchtimes.
Anyway Scott one hour left of normal Radio 2 and then it's back to 1938 for the rest of the evening.



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Why all this hatred and nastiness? These presenters are only on once a week.

What about when you get old; music does not go out of date.

I don't like everything on Sunday, so I don't listen. I don't like E P, M B, J W. I do not call for their removal or denigrate them like you have been for the last 5 years.

This board is like the old R2 board.

Your parents are in their 60s; do you hate them also because they are old?

I like Melodies but do not like Alan Titchmarsh; bring back Brian Kay. Russell Davies, David Jacobs and Malcolm Laycock are fine broadcasters; long may they continue.



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howard spencer wrote:Why all this hatred and nastiness? These presenters are only on once a week.

What about when you get old; music does not go out of date.

I don't like everything on Sunday, so I don't listen. I don't like E P, M B, J W. I do not call for their removal or denigrate them like you have been for the last 5 years.

This board is like the old R2 board.

Your parents are in their 60s; do you hate them also because they are old?

I like Melodies but do not like Alan Titchmarsh; bring back Brian Kay. Russell Davies, David Jacobs and Malcolm Laycock are fine broadcasters; long may they continue.


I'm not a fan of Alan Titchmarsh at all.

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Whirliegig wrote:Radio 2 is not my cup of tea any day of the week.

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Radio 2 is bloody good.
Chris Evans, weekdays 5pm-7pm
jonathan ross, saturday afternoons
Russell Brand, saturday night.. lovely dubbly



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The only Radio 2 show I ever listen to is Pick Of The Pops. Actually preferred it on Saturdays to be honest.



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I prefer the 60's and 70's though. Think they'd be better playing more of the actual top 20 than the new releases and ones just outside. Track from No.1 album then as many of top 20 as they can fit in. :)



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