BBC Radio 3 listeners riot as Justin Bieber service plays for Nessun Dorma at ‘the house of classical music’
One of these was Canadian pop star Bieber’s song Lonely, pictured, which was played for Nessun Dorma from Turandot by Puccini.
Radio 3 has come under fire from listeners for playing Justin Bieber, Kanye West and other pop stars.
Fans of the service, traditionally the home of classical music, criticized some of the choices as “ downright bizarre ” and warned they were at risk of “ losing loyal listeners. ”
But station controller Alan Davey told Radio 4 show Feedback yesterday that there was ‘room for all kinds of music’.
He also confirmed that Rule, Britannia would be sung at this year’s Proms after last year’s feud.
There is controversy surrounding Radio 3’s decision to play different genres of music early on Saturday morning as part of the Tearjerker series, combining a variety of styles, including pop and movie soundtracks.
One of these was Canadian pop star Bieber’s song Lonely, pictured, played by Puccini for Nessun Dorma from Turandot.
It would be part of the station’s efforts to introduce a younger audience to classical music. But the decision has upset some listeners.
Feedback was told: ‘The content is downright bizarre for Radio 3 and it is unclear who the target audience is. I think you run the risk of losing loyal listeners, especially now that I have a range of other classic radio stations that I can listen to worldwide. ‘
Another told the program: ‘I tune in to Radio 3 for classical music, not for pop music that is generally available elsewhere.
‘If the intention is to introduce younger listeners to classical music, then Radio 2 or 6 Music is definitely the place for these programs.’
A third said, ‘It’s hardly music to wake up on an early Saturday morning … Justin Bieber, really? Where did this idea come from? ‘
Mr Davey said the music mixes were designed for the BBC’s online platform Sounds, but had to be broadcast on the radio network first.
The hope was that they would help introduce a younger audience to classical music that they ‘might not otherwise encounter’.
He said, “If there’s a good context for a piece of music, provided we make a musical point, then Radio 3 has room for all kinds of music, as we’ve always done.” He added that classical music was ‘the heart of what Radio 3 is about’.
Radio 3 has come under fire from listeners for playing Justin Bieber, Kanye West (pictured) and other pop stars