Dear Editor. I am a great fan of BBC R3 and the Proms and generally hail the success of the station, but I couldn’t believe what I read in one broadsheet - the actor DJ Goldie, who hails from Walsall, is being commissioned to write a musical piece for the Proms!
Please tell me that the Goldie request by the Beeb is an April Fool joke. Is the controller of BBC Radio 3, who also organises the Proms, sure it isn’t a dumbed down attempt at getting to the base values of what we see on Big Brother & I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here? In the press he vehemently states he isn’t dumbing anything down yet I am still to be convinced on this fact.
The BBC is taking celebrity culture too far for a public-funded broadcaster and it seems people are just fed up of it all now. I kept away from the programme Maestro, where Goldie and his ilk made a name for themselves in the conducting genre, yet some people I know loved it. It is about time unknowns had a chance on television again - celebs have had their chance and have made it, making loads of money from their success, so why give them greater opportunities? It doesn’t make any sense. It is not what BBC Radio 3 or the Proms in particular should be about. I thought Goldie was an actor/DJ - not a musician?
Ian Payne, Walsall