Uglybob wrote:Is Fame Academy just a ploy for the BBC to make easy money through text message voting and calls when they missed out on taking up Big Brother?
Why do you trail Fame Academy on Radio 1 when you never played David Sneddon or Sinead Quinns records. Lemar just suits the demograph of Radio 1 and thats why he is played.
No. The BBC don't make any money from the phone lines. We're not allowed to as part of our Charter. last year any money we did make went into a Bursary to help songwriters and singers make it into the industry.
As for the second point, you almost had it right. Lemar's MUSIC suits our Radio 1 listener's demographics so we're playing it. Our audience think it's a good song. Despite being voted the favourite by the Radio 1 audience, when it came down to it Sinead didn't release songs that they liked.
We're hoping things will change this year and Radio 1 will work closer with FA to produce songs that are more relevant to our audience.