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To: Bob Shennan, BBC Director of Music & George Ergatoudis Head of Music, BBC Radio 1

Stop Major Record Labels Monopolising BBC Radio 1 & 2 Airplay

Stop Major Record Labels Monopolising BBC Radio 1 & 2 Airplay

BBC Radio1 & 2 to stop allowing the monopolisation of it's playlists by the the three major labels Warners, Sony & Universal, by committing at least 30% of it's playlist to be made up of music from independent artists and labels.

Why is this important?

Did you know that 94% OF RADIO 1’S MOST-PLAYED SONGS IN 2014 WERE MAJOR LABEL RELEASES? This means that they were signed to one of 3 labels Sony, Warners or Universal. We call for the BBC Radio 1 & 2 to represent the incredible music talent the exists within the UK on it's playlists by committing 30% of its playlist to music released by independent artists or labels.

Jon Gomm who has has over 14 MILLION hits on his online videos says : "despite touring worldwide (I write this from my hotel room in Mongolia) and having hundreds of thousands of fans, I've literally never, ever been played on BBC radio. Not once."

There are currently thousands of labels and artists who's careers would be transformed if they were play-listed by Radio 1 & 2. However, their music isn't being heard and doesn't stand a chance of being heard, no matter how good as as the three major labels monopolise the playlists. On Radio 1 this is how it looked in 2014: Warners 25%, Sony 20% and Universal 45%.

This is despite the fact the BBC is a public funded body who should represent their listeners, they simply support huge corporations and NOT artists. In fact 32% of Radio X (formerly XFM) output was from independent artists, and they are a commercial station.

We call for the BBC Radio 1 & 2 to represent the incredible music talent the exists within the UK on it's playlists by committing 30% of its playlist to music released by independent artists or labels.

"Come on BBC: Free your DJs and free our ears" - Jon Gomm

Source: http://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/94-of-radio-1s-most-played-songs-in-2014-were-major-label-releases/

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Reasons for signing

  • Because I'm sick to deaf of hearing the same old 'product' being pushed by a publicly funded body. It's the modern day equivalent of The harder they come. Stinks of corruption! Sort it out BBC.
  • Let's celebrate diversity and give all the artists the opportunity of air play.
  • I signed a petition to encourage BBC Radio 1 & 2 to play more music from independent artists. You can too.

Updates

2016-02-01 09:55:35 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2015-12-02 22:14:58 +0000

500 signatures reached

2015-11-30 21:18:14 +0000

We now have over 100 signatures. AMAZING! Keep spreading the word. This is where I got my figures btw. It's an interesting read.

2015-11-30 20:28:40 +0000

100 signatures reached

2015-11-30 18:47:08 +0000

50 signatures reached

2015-11-30 18:11:45 +0000

25 signatures reached

2015-11-30 15:54:57 +0000

10 signatures reached