The BBC’s Electric Proms initiative has become one of the casualties of cost-cutting at the UK broadcaster, with Radio 2 confirming that the annual series of musical events has been axed. Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan says the station will try to recapture its impact “in an alternative, more cost-effective way”. Music industry body the BPI isn’t happy, criticising a ‘cultural deficit’ in the Beeb’s music output. “This is a big step in the wrong direction. If the BBC is to remain relevant and justify its privileged position, it cannot duck its responsibility to reflect the culture and trends of the day – both on TV and on radio,” says chief executive Geoff Taylor. “The BBC ought to be stepping up its commitment to new music on TV, not cutting it back still further.” 
Source: BBC News 
Source: BPI

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