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zensky's avatar

BBC produced songs over the ages have been fantastically wonderful and amazingly consistent - why hasn't there been an American produced equal?

Asked by zensky (13294 points ) February 21st, 2013
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pleiades's avatar

Hm, probably because Americans are the biggest purchaser of those collections. (I’m answering on the whim, just a hunch) Thus we are satisfied?

I don’t know, all I know is this is a great question. Also KCRW in Seattle is still doing it’s thing. It would make for a good dvd collection if they ever decided they needed more money or something.

jaytkay's avatar

Maybe not equal to the BBC output, but we’ve had some great music series on PBS (public television in the US).

Maybe a big factor PBS is not a content creator The individual stations and independent producers create the shows. So there’s not the concentration of resources like the Beeb’s.

Anyway, I invite you to poke around Youtube for these shows, there’s some fantastic stuff:

Sessions at West 54th

Austin City Limits

Soundstage

wildpotato's avatar

WXPN, Live at the World Cafe.
Mountain Stage.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

BBC produced more excellent programming that is not funded only my revenue from commercials. When producers do not have to pander to the lowest common denomenator, it frees them to be more creative and less constrained. That is espesially true for BBC radio productions to which I listen nightly.

flutherother's avatar

The BBC is publicly funded and isn’t out to make a profit. Its purposes are listed below:

1. sustaining citizenship and civil society;
2. promoting education and learning;
3. stimulating creativity and cultural excellence;
4. representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities;
5. bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK;
6. helping to deliver to the public the benefit of emerging communications technologies and services.

It’s costs £12:00 a month per household which I think is excellent value and there are no advertisements.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Canada’s CBC radio (3 or more) dististinct services, produces extraordinary music and other entertainment. We get great value for our public dollars.

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