The Policy of Radio 2 in 2006

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This is a summary of a previous Statement of Programme Policy (SOPP), published by the BBC in 2006, relating to BBC Radio 2:

BBC RADIO 2 Service Remit was stated then as: BBC Radio 2 brings listeners a broad range of popular and specialist music, with particular support for new and established British artists; live music, through concerts and studio sessions; and songwriting. The network also offers news, current affairs, documentaries, comedy, readings, religious output and social action, designed to appeal to a broad audience.

Regarding cultural and creative value, Radio 2 will continue to broadcast it's unrivalled range of musical genres including pop music, big band, light classical, brass band, reggae, organ music, jazz, soul, folk, country, blues and sacred music. Shows will be presented by credible experts who can also communicate with listeners who have no specialist knowledge.

Regarding the key priorities and commitments for the coming year it was stated by the BBC that in 2006/2007 Radio 2 will aim to:

  • broadcast a broader range of music than any other major UK radio station, with over 1,100 hours of specialist music programmes.
  • broadcast over 60 hours of musical theatre and film music.
  • carry over 100 hours of arts programming
  • broadcast over 170 hours of religious output covering the broad range of faiths.
  • broadcast over 800 hours of news and original current affairs programming, including regular news bulletins
  • cover key events including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Guilfest and The Brits
  • cover key overseas music events including South by Southwest – which promotes British music in America – and the Country Music Association Awards
  • produce documentaries to reflect and explain popular culture and topical stories - documentaries will include an exploration of how Asian music in the UK has developed in Birmingham to Bollywood, follow singer Joan Armatrading’s return to her roots in Joan’s Journey to St Kitts and broadcast American singer Randy Newman’s musical history of the United States.
  • mount several social action campaigns, including Student Essentials to provide advice and support for students and their families as they receive their results and plan their futures
  • Radio 2 will continue as the primary radio broadcast partner for BBC Children in Need
  • continue to support new talent through initiatives such as the Young Folk Award, Young Brass Soloist and Young Chorister of the Year
  • commission new musical arrangements from leading arranging talent for use within Friday Night is Music Night, Big Band Special and Listen to the Band.
  • in comedy, Radio 2 will commission original programmes and seek to develop new formats, building on the success of series like Radio Rivron and Clive Anderson’s Chatroom.
  • programmes such as Big Band Special, Bob Harris Country, the Paul Jones rhythm and blues show and the BBC Jazz Awards will continue to reflect live performances by UK and world-renowned performers
  • establish a Music Club that will set out to link music presenters, all of whom are recognised authorities in their own musical field, with listeners so that their expertise can be shared beyond the scope of traditional broadcasting. The Club will also encourage listener-to-listener engagement, creating communities of music interest
  • launch a drama initiative that will invite listeners to write a short piece for transmission, supported by writing workshops around the UK and online the Jeremy Vine show will continue to serve the daytime audience with an accessible mix of stories, interviews and phone-ins.
  • the drivetime show will continue to feature a business news slot, analysing current business issues for a mainstream audience.

the BBC website has a page with fuller details at SOPP2006/2007

the previous policy statement was summarised at SOPP2005


this page first published 20 August 2005
last updated 3 May 2008

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