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Stephen Fry Can Sing? BBC Plan Own Toe-Curlingly Bad Version Of Brit Awards

by | 16th, June 2014

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THE BBC has long eyed up ITV’s pop-cultural weight with envy. ITV has The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. The BBC have got the rather stuffy Later… with Jools Holland and the even stuffier Strictly Come Dancing.

One big hitter in the TV calendar is ITV’s coverage of the Brit Awards and now, trying to muscle in, the Beeb are launching a rival to it, which will no doubt be like the musical equivalent of the incredibly dry Sports Personality of the Year.

According to Auntie, the BBC Music Awards will be very different to the Brits, and will only have three categories British Artist of the Year, International Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.

The televised industry do, complete with smatterings of applause and record execs getting the coke in, will feature live performances and all that. With award ceremonies all being junkets for already rich people, there’s going to be some consternation from people who worry about how the BBC spends licence fee money.

John Whittingdale MP, chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, said: “There isn’t enough music on the BBC but the BBC’s job should be to provide a platform for new music and up-and-coming artists who would otherwise not get a lot of coverage. It isn’t to provide another awards show for established artists”.

“There is no shortage of awards shows in the music industry quite apart from the overseas ones such as the Grammys, there are the Brits and the Ivor Novellos and others recognising specific genres.”

“I’ve not come across anyone complaining that there are not enough music awards shows on television.”

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