BBC Young Musician Coverage

Did you watch any of the BBC\'s Young Musician of the Year competition on television recently If you did, and had watched it in previous years, what were your reactions to the decision to exclude much of the music from the television broadcasts by relegating it to an online domain, and concentrating instead on personalities and trivia It is plain from comments in the broadsheets, Radio Times, Points of View and BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four websites that many existing viewers of this important biennial competition were totally alienated by the decision to push the actual music-making into the background. So far the BBC have barely acknowledged the concern and complaints about this major change in presentation, nor have they made any comments or committments regarding how the programme might be presented in the future. There is a danger that any audience criticism will be brushed aside because it is so fragmented. To this end, we have decided to make our feelings felt in a more unified way, and to ask the BBC questions regarding this coverage which are still unanswered, and furthermore to seek assurances that their treatment of classical music will be given more serious consideration in the future. Questions that we want to ask include: Why was the decision made to exclude music performance from the television coverage Who made that decision Why does the BBC believe that presenting the performances exclusively online - with inferior sound and picture, as well as excluding those without decent internet access - was a satisfactory alternative to the traditional coverage on TV Why was the concerto final not shown on television Who made that decision Who does the BBC believe is the audience for the programmes Have they succeeded in reaching that audience Do the BBC Trust and the DCMS committee members believe that the BBC\'s coverage of the competition met the promises made in the Charter review What assurances do we have that this production approach will not be repeated in 2010 If you care about maintaining standards of music broadcasting and regret the decision to move such an important event into the incompatible realm of reality television, then we urge you to help us make the public\'s feelings clear by adding your name to the petition below. We will present the completed petition to the BBC Trust, the BBC\'s Chairman Sir Michael Lyons, relevant department heads and members of the government\'s Culture, Media and Sport committee. Thank you. IMPORTANT NOTE : You do not have to donate any money in order to sign the petition. This petition is hosted for free by iPetitions and they will appeal for donations in order to survive. But you are under no obligation to do so. Your signature will always count.

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This petition was started by a group of BBC viewers and listeners who feel strongly that this year\'s coverage of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition was an insult both to viewers and participants. We are not affiliated with any existing pressure group or broadcaster or union. We would like to make it clear that this petition seeks only to highlight the style and production of the TELEVISION COVERAGE and does not wish, in any way, to denigrate any of the extremely talented young musicians involved in this year\'s competition who proved consistently that classical music has a great future in their hands. If you have any questions regarding this petition, please email: ymotypetition@mac.com

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Read what everyone has been saying about Young Musician of the Year on the BBC. If you find other examples, please tell us - email ymotypetition@mac.com BBC Four : Have Your Say http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/yoursay/young_musician_08.shtml BBC Radio 3 Message Board http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbradio3/F7497567thread=5416827 The Alternative Radio 3 boards http://r3ok.myforum365.com/index.phptopic=2949.0 Points of View http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbpointsofview/F1951566thread=5433632 One More Take blog http://onemoretake.blogspot.com Stephen Pollard in The Spectator http://www.spectator.co.uk/stephenpollard/694951/the-bbcs-lamentable-coverage-of-young-musician.thtml http://www.spectator.co.uk/stephenpollard/697226/the-bbc-thinks-we-are-all-morons.thtml Richard Morrison in The Times http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/article3923999.ece Chris Gardner in The Herald http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/features/display.var.2265805.0.Why_musical_youth_are_seen_and_not_heard.php

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    rob willoughby, United Kingdom

    3 years ago Comments: I support this petition. Matters could just be left and people could choose to NOT watch the programmes ro young people choose NOT to enter the competition. Surely it is the music that many people watch for?
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    John Lowe, United Kingdom

    3 years ago Comments: It is such a shame that the BBC has rather missed the point that YMTY to most viewers is all about the music. Personalities (whilst interesing) are very much secondary to the whole experience. Another example of the cult of the celeb in the chase for viewing figures?
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    Robert Bridges, United Kingdom

    3 years ago Comments: Must the BBC really join in with the other TV channels and dumb everything down, including what should be an enjoyable and inspiring competition for our young musicians?
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