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Tim Blair

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Monday, February 09, 2004
 
LOW-FIDELITY AT AUNTIE'S CLASSIC FM

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.