Tim Blair


New Criterion



Monday, February 09, 2004

The network that takes your money to broadcast classical music has decided that music is less interesting than talk. In future the honey-voiced Margaret Throsby will be extending her talk program by a further hour.

This means two things.

First, Ms Throsby's opportunities for serial commentary, a task for which she is about as well qualified as the post-adolescents at JJJ, will be extended by a further hour.

Second, the total time available for decent slabs of music between 6.00 am and midday is now just one hour, from 11.00 to midday.

Here's an idea I think is better. Merge Auntie's FM into the "national conversation" on Radio National. Then use some of the money saved to broadcast classical music twenty four hours a day.

Don't bother with announcers. We can get the play-list off the Web or by fax or phone.

I'll take the change in cash, please.