Interesting and often persuasive discussion. I can feel myself wavering... (my, that sounds dodgy!)
Just one request--can we abandon the head-on-desk metaphor, in favour of something else? It is getting..umm..a little wooden.
George, orchestral and concert music is not one genre.
Paul: I would argue that it is, in the way it is identified in CD stores (eg Marbeck's), radio listings, radio stations, magazines, library cataloguing--as in Barry K. Grant's general definition of genre as "Genre is what we collectively believe it to be".
Orchestral and concert music aka 'classical music' is the large mega-genre, with sub-genres such as chamber music etc
If anything, bFM ... is more deserving of subsidy.
I would subscribe to such a notion, if it had a nationwide signal (radio coming out the computer isn't right, somehow)
Bad timing I guess, but having Joanne Black on today's The Panel won't do much to increase my warm regard of NatRadio. Another case of someone with excessive access to the public discourse?
quality broadcasting and local content is important.
There is continuing inertia on digital radio here, too.
Who are you calling a free marketeer?
No one here. I was just making a general comment about a contradiction in broad debates about subsidised culture.
I recall there was a classical radio feed out of Auckland some years ago. It had a modicum of sponsorship messages. Does this still exist?
It's a historical bias, sure, but so are our grassed parks and rose gardens
I don't see the connection. In the main, these were paid for and maintained by local citizens, not central government.
As Jolisa suggests, the NPR model from the USA would be perfectly acceptable. It less advertising than sponsorship and programme underwriting.
It has always interested me that when arts funding is under threat, there is always a rush to defend the high culture sector (ballet, symphony orchestra et al), with the charge often led by freemarketeers--partly because such consumption is central to their cultural capital. But I guess we should never expect consistency nor self-examination from such folk.
Hmm! I don't want to add any weight to Coleman and English..and most especially Lhaws, with his vile column in the SST yesterday--but I have always had problem with Concert FM being preserved at all costs. Why should one music genre ('Classical', or whatever it might be called these days) be privileged over all other genres? I think it is a cultural hangover from those days when classical music=serious music, and other music was regarded as ephemeral, trivial or merely 'commercial'.
This is not to say that I sometimes tune into Concert FM, for a bit of background pleasantry.
I mean don't get me wrong. I love Hamilton. Where else am I going to get petrol on my way to Tirau?
I will ensure you get charged double next time ;-)