BBC Planning to Launch New Music Show: Top Gear for Music!

The Times claim that senior BBC executives have approached independent production companies asking them to help develop a “Top Gear for music” to debut next year.

Portishead Starting Work On Their Fourth Album

Speaking to the BBC, Portishead multi-instrumentalist Geoff Barrows said that he’ll begin writing the band’s fourth album this summer, that the band has signed with a new label, and how music festivals can boost album…

Mark Thompson’s Defence, Plus Have Your Say

The Director-General of the BBC has come under a lot of fire this week for his proposals to axe two radio stations and drop a lot of content from the website in order to redirect…

BBC Cutting Services, Investing In Content

The BBC is reviewing its channel and programming lineup across all media, and looks set to cut some TV, Radio and Web services to focus its budget on making “fewer things better”. The highest profile…

Glastonbury Hits 1.9 Million Viewers for Blur

U.K. rock act Blur’s headline set at Glastonbury got 1.9 million viewers for the BBC’s live coverage of the final night of the festival. Blur, who reformed for summer dates, wrapped the 170,000-capacity event on…

BBC Worldwide Plans Ad-Supported Music Service

BBC Worldwide is working on an ad-supported music service that would offer free streaming or paid downloads of songs and videos from the BBC archives, including live performances from its “Top of the Pops” and…