An influential music industry figure has warned that Jonathan Ross‘ decision to leave the BBC will be a further blow to new bands seeking exposure in the British media. Ross, who has been a big supporter of UK acts on both his radio and television shows, announced today that he would not be renewing his contract with the BBC.
James Sandom, of SV Management told nme.com: “Like him or loathe him, its undeniable Jonathan Ross has given artists one of the few platforms to reach a mainstream audience in the UK. His show was one of the few avenues for developing artists to guarantee mass TV exposure. I hope the BBC fill the hole left by Jonathan’s departure with a show that still provides this opportunity. UK artists and the music business in this country needs this.”
The end of Jonathan Ross’ show comes after other mainstream music programmes such as Top Of The Pops and CD:UK have been cancelled in the past few years, leaving only Later…with Jools Holland’s live 10pm shows on Tuesday evenings giving exposure to bands in a primetime slot. Increasingly, broadcasts on specialist digital channels such as MTV2, as well as the occasional late night spot on terrestrial TV, are now the only avenues for new bands to showcase their work on television.
Since his show began in 2003, Ross has aired a mixture of well established and upcoming bands from Britain and North America, with the likes of U2, Oasis, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys and The Cribs all featuring on his show.
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