BBC Radio 1 bosses talk choosing who makes the main playlists and why

by Martin


BBC Radio 1 bosses have spoken out recently about the decisions made on which songs will make the station’s playlist and how that decision is made.

You’ll remember famously that Robbie Williams track ‘Candy’ didn’t make the playlist and how fans and Robbie alike weren’t happy with the station and it’s presenters.

Robbie Williams hasn’t been the only star to have his music “snubbed” by the popular radio station as Noel Gallagher, Muse and Green Day have also released material that hasn’t been featured on the playlist.

George Ergatoudis (Head of music) and Nigel Harding (music policy) spoke with Music Week about the choices been made recently involving the above names.


The pair took the opportunity to compare Robbie Williams 2012 solo single ‘Candy’ (which didn’t make the playlist) and his recent collaboration ‘Goin’ Crazy’ with Dizzee Rascal (which did):

“This is all about the age of the artist’s primary audience. In Robbie’s case we believe that his main fan base is comfortably over the age of 30, whereas Dizzee’s is clearly much lower.”

Nigel Harding also argued the point of BBC Radio 1 not playing the likes of Green Day and Noel Gallagher who have been around for years, he said:

“I think Noel’s music feels more at home on Radio 2 and the last Green Day project [‘Uno! Dos! Tre!’] simply wasn’t good enough.”


The bosses also discussed British band Muse who may or may not end up losing their place on the BBC Radio 1 Playlist, Harding commented:

“Muse are approaching a crossroads – their last single [‘Panic Station’] was the first one not playlisted by Radio 1 in a decade. The door remains open to them but we’ll have to think carefully about their next album.”

Now it’s your turn…

What do you think? Do you agree with the decisions made by BBC Radio 1 and the bosses to “snub” artists who have been around for a while.

Is it right that perhaps BBC Radio 2 is the better station for their music because their fans have grown up?

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