Thursday, August 10, 2017

Steadying the ship

The dinghy that is BBC Arts seems to be tacking into the wind. First, R4's Saturday Review is cancelled, in favour of a sixth edition of Front Row, featuring highlights from the previous week. Then, after steam rising from august bodies such as the Critic's Circle (Membership by invitation only), the BBC magic money tree is shaken, and Saturday Review, at 7.15pm, is saved. Yesterday, we learnt that the Front Row team has sufficient effort to co-produce a BBC2 version (for at least seven weeks), also to be scheduled on a Saturday night. It will include "some shared interviews conducted by the BBC Radio 4 Front Row presenters".

Complicated enough ? Try this. "The Front Row TV series was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Jonty Claypole, Director of Arts. It will be produced by Scotland-based Pacific Quay Productions, part of the BBC’s commercial production arm BBC Studios and will be Executive Produced by Tanya Hudson [London-based]. The Editor is Alice Feinstein [of Front Row, W1 1AA]."

There must be another money tree in Glasgow, or somewhere.

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