Save BBC Introducing in Scotland campaign: The end

Radio 1’s unpopular proposal to lump the Introducing in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales shows together as a single, UK-wide programme was finally sanctioned by the BBC Trust on May 16, 2012 – seven months after Paul Downie and I began a campaign to stop it happening.

Even though our efforts were ultimately in vain (it’s worth reading some reaction to the verdict), a lot of people went to an awful lot of trouble to highlight the detrimental, damaging repercussions of such a step to the individual nations concerned. So I’ve written a poem by way of gratitude:


To the 14,000 listeners and fans who signed the petition
You made us realise this was a worthy mission,

To the musicians who busked at Pacific Quay in the rain
It was for folk like you that we launched this campaign,

To Andrew Rankine of dubstep label ABAGA, what a star
You told people this didn’t just affect indie kids with guitars,

To Joan McAlpine, Fiona Hyslop, Pete Wishart and Gail Lythgoe
Your political clout helped word spread beyond Glasgow,

To Gerry Norman and Bethan Jenkins who fought for Northern Irish and Welsh stations
Your efforts ensured we had the strength of two more nations,

To bloggers, journalists and tweeters, you made people see
That passionate words and hashtags get noticed by the BBC,

To my trusty sidekick Paul Downie of Pelmet Nites fame
Future trips to Holyrood and London just won’t be the same,

To the Introducing team of Alim, Howieson and McCrae
In your music we trust even if BBC London can’t see it this way.


Previous posts:
Save BBC Introducing in Scotland campaign: where we’re at (part 3)
Save BBC Introducing in Scotland campaign: where we’re at (part 2)
Save BBC Introducing in Scotland campaign: where we’re at

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10 Responses to “Save BBC Introducing in Scotland campaign: The end”

  1. Duggie Kyle Says:

    May 17th, 2012 at 09:01

    Hi Pop Cop, I know I should probably be saddened by the news, but my son’s band uploaded tracks to BBC Introducing 9 months ago, tomorrow might be an opportunity that the updated version might even listen to their tracks, the songs aren’t particularly special, but seriously, it’s been 9 fucking months, The king is dead, long live the king! let’s hope there’s more scope for Scottish bands than the previous format, all fingers & toes crossed, cheers, duggie

  2. Duggie Kyle Says:

    May 17th, 2012 at 09:05

    p.s. is there a cure for gangrin, enduced from continious pressure, invoked by crossing fingers & toes,for long periods at a time!

  3. Wull Says:

    May 17th, 2012 at 10:05

    Thanks for all your hard work Pop Cop and Paul and of course to Ally, Vic, Leanne and Muslim for their support over the past few years. It’s not going to be the same but hopefully the new introducing will continue to help new bands get their first radio plays and the opportunities that are created through bbc introducing.

  4. The Pop Cop Says:

    May 17th, 2012 at 10:47

    Duggie, thanks for the completely inane comments, always good to read the opinion of someone who has been leaving abusive messages about a certain Scottish radio DJ online and generally acting liking a drunk idiot on Facebook.

    If your son’s band didn’t get a look-in in the previous format of Introducing then rather than blaming the system, maybe they would be better trying to improve as a band. Or perhaps just ask their dad to stop embarrassing them. Just a thought.

  5. Callum Says:

    May 17th, 2012 at 11:54

    While I admire the campaign and the effort that so many people put into it, I have to admit that I was never convinced that the BBC Trust proposals were necessarily a bad thing. Vic Galloway will still be providing a Scotland-wide programme with new bands featured and, assuming that some some sort of playlist coordination can be achieved, I’m sure we can punch above our weight on the UK-wide BBC Introducing show.

    I not sure that the Radio 1 opt-outs have ever really worked. You couldn’t listen to them online and you can’t get them on iplayer. Also, there was a song played this week that first appeared on the very same show (albeit with a different presenter) two years ago! It’s a good song, and I see why it would get played repeatedly, but where is the impact if it hasn’t found a wider audience yet?

    I think that perhaps we should be campaigning to get more emerging talent on *primetime* BBC radio, whether it be just in Scotland or UK-wide.

    N.B. In relation to the BBC Introducing Uploader, I know through experience that the tracks are normally listened to within a month and, if they are liked by even one of the production team on one of the shows, they get played.

  6. Wull Says:

    May 17th, 2012 at 14:37

    Duggie is spreading shite all over the internet right now. loved his recent banter on the SAMA’s page.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    May 17th, 2012 at 16:23

    Duggie Kyle should start his own ‘new music’ show.

  8. Duggie the Twat Says:

    May 17th, 2012 at 18:47

    Pure Dead Brilliant are pure dead shite! And that’s coming from someone who’s neither overweight nor cantankerous. I can also spell cantankerous. Hope their family don’t sue…

  9. XXX Says:

    May 18th, 2012 at 01:12

    Not sure what to think about it. I signed petition etc but to be honest whenever I was listening to Ally McCrae he was broadcasting pish. All this talk about groundbreaking this and that and then he would play Bwani Junction or Fatherson. So I lost interest in BBC Introducing. Amazingradio is way better.

  10. Joan McAlpine Says:

    June 5th, 2012 at 20:05

    Hi Pop Cop
    Thank you for the mention though the work you personally put into the campaign should be acknowledged and applauded – so I’d like to do that now. It’s good news that the Detour show has now launched, it looks and sounds great. You may have noticed that the YesScotland campaign has also now begun. It’s non party political and you can sign up here if you want and even form your own group

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