The sub-campaign against excessive music on TV and radio documentaries (not drama) is being relaunched.
All Pipedowners who feel strongly about what is often intrusively loud foreground music – this means a great many members – are invited to join up. (This is free for existing members.)
Exactly HOW we are going to campaign remains to be decided by us all, but the BBC's recent apparent responsiveness (see Newsletter 72) is encouraging.
We need to follow up with concerted, consistent and above all coherent arguments to persuade programme-makers there is a real problem here that must be addressed.
One possible approach to suggest is broadcasting the same programme on normal digital viewing and on HD, with the first being free of the music. Objections will doubtless be made about the expense and technical problems but these need to examined and solutions proposed, and not simply used as an excuse for rejecting our arguments.
One point we ourselves need to remember: many documentaries in the past (20, 30, 40 years ago) did have some music but it was not not so loud, intrusive or irrelevant to the subject matter. Because of this, it was often overlooked or ignored at the time. Today, heavy, aggressive pulsing music is often added to programmes where it drowns out the message. This is the real problem and IT IS GETTING PROGRESSIVELY WORSE!
Some members in despair are talking of refusing to pay their television licence. This might be considered our 'nuclear option', one we would use only in extremis. At present, the BBC does appear to be ready to listen.
SO DO JOIN the sub-campaign by signing up here or emailing me direct at email@example.com