Cream of BBC radio relegated to the graveyard shift

Music for Grown-Ups highlights BBC radio’s varied output and spares few superlatives in praising the best of its programmes.

Two particular favourites here are Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour (series 2) and Jazz Library. There have been few radio series as good as these – ever.

Until recently, both series were broadcast from 10pm on Friday night: I know I’m not the only listener who regarded them with gratitude as the reward for a week of toil.

So what did BBC radio do? Moved them both to midnight – Theme Time Radio Hour on a Sunday (BBC 6 Music), Jazz Library on Saturday (Radio 3).

Who in their right mind will listen to them in those slots? I’d wager that the small audiences for this delightful pair of programmes has dwindled to virtually zero. I’m an enthusiast, but even I forget to tape the bl**dy programmes at these times.

Anglo Dylan/jazz fans are badly served by these new schedules.

Gerry Smith

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