BBC Radio Three has announced that the excellent Jazz Library will move to a new time. As of mid-September, it will now go out in the wee small hours of the morning, starting at 12 midnight. Once the change goes ahead, only 18% of Radio Three’s jazz programming (one hour out of a massive five-and-a-half) will be broadcast before 11pm at night.
No doubt anyone complaining about this will be told we can listen to it online, using the BBC iPlayer. But this assumes that a). your computer is a room where it’s comfortable to sit and listen to music, rather than a small home office or spare bedroom, and b). you don’t live in an area with poor broadband speeds. The BBC is supposed to be providing a service to all of Britain, not just urban areas with good broadband infrastructure.
Alyn Shipton, Jazz Library presenter, says on the Friends of Radio Three jazz messageboard that
You can always email the programme, and I will ensure these messages get passed to the Radio 3 management.
It might be worth a shot.
Today’s Jazz Library, incidentally, is about Harry Edison, probably my favourite trumpeter of his generation. It’s on at 4pm and includes music by Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Art Tatum and Coleman Hawkins as well as Edison himself.
Oh, and in case anyone mistakes this for a Tory-Murdochite attack on the BBC: Channel Four showed a lot of jazz in its early days. When did you last see any?