Three strategic causes are rising for the BBC’s sudden soft-pedalling of its plan to slash jobs in three orchestras.
First, the summer time Proms are being introduced subsequent week. No one needs protests or demonstrations at what guarantees to be a fairly meagre season, missing the world’s greatest orchestras. Simon Rattle’s intervention on behalf of the BBC Singers was an indication of embarrassments to return. The BBC wanted to have them out of the way in which.
Second, the BBC needs no additional distrations earlier than the King’s coronation, when the Corp will search to regain its eroding position because the voice of the nation.
Third, Sam Jackson began work final week as controller of Radio 3 and de facto head of classical music on the BBC. Jackson wants time to evaluate his property earlier than he may give a view on technique for the orchestras and the station’s output.
Taken collectively, that’s the BBC hit pause.
The following flashpoint will come up, we hear, shortly after the Proms.