BBC Responds to Coverage Criticism of Neil Young's Glastonbury Concert
Neil Young encore "A Day in the Life"
Our comments section on the Neil Young Glastonbury Festival Concert Reviews yesterday is filled with irate BBC viewers over the poor coverage.
Here's the BBC response by Mark Cooper is the Executive Producer of the BBC's Glastonbury coverage:
Many viewers have left comments on the Glastonbury website asking why we are not showing all of Neil Young's set on the website or last night on television.
The BBC has spent the last couple of months talking to Neil's management about how much of his set we might be able to show on TV, radio and online over Glastonbury weekend.
Neil Young's career has been conducted on his own terms. Last night Neil's management agreed to let TV and radio broadcast five songs as they watched and listened to his performance. They believe in the live event and retaining its mystery and that of their artist. [ed. - our emphasis] They have decided to make one song available online over the weekend to give a flavour of his set. That's Rockin' In The Free World and that's their decision.
You probably won't find too many Neil Young performances available freely on TV or online. He generally prefers the audience to find his albums and recently exposed much of his early work on the multi- DVD set, Archives Volume 1.
The BBC made a documentary with Neil last year, Don't Be Denied. It offers an insight into his career, its fierce independence and his insistence on running his music and his career on his own terms. [ed. - our emphasis]
Long may he run.
Executive Producer, BBC
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