Amazing Radio Complains Of Unfair BBC Competition
November 9, 2009 at 4:26 AM (PT)
U.K. national digital radio station AMAZING RADIO is complaining to the BBC TRUST that the BBC is unfairly competing with its unsigned-artists format with its own unsigned-artists website.
The GUARDIAN reports that AMAZING RADIO, which launched on JUNE 1st, contends that the BBC is using its BBC INTRODUCING website as a "copycat" product; AMAZING President PAUL CAMPBELL, in a letter to BBC TRUST Chairman MICHAEL LYONS, wrote, "It is an outrage that the BBC should use public funding to copy our concept and, by default, seek to put us out of business. This is to all intents and purposes a direct copy of our privately funded concept."
In response, a BBC spokesperson said, "We strongly refute this suggestion. Supporting new talent is at the core of the BBC's mission and BBC Introducing has been offering unique broadcast and performance opportunities to new and unsigned musicians for over two years. We are very proud of the work BBC INTRODUCING does in championing new artists but, as it offers quite different opportunities to other new music schemes, we would encourage new bands to explore all the avenues open to them."