This weekend, despite being broadcast live to over a billion people worldwide and covering 15o countries, a promoter for the Chime For Change event claims that the BBC ignored the concert as it only received sixty minutes of airtime.
For those who watched the live stream, you would know the show started at around 6pm and finished about 10pm or just shortly after. Then, the BBC had aired an hour of highlights of all of the acts who had performed throughout the day including the headliner; Beyonce who had the longest set of the night, (fourty-five minutes).
Promoter for the event, Harvey Goldsmith, claims that the BBC refused to broadcast the live show and said that staff at the corporation were more interested in sending their staff on it’s annual jolly, to cover Glastonbury festival.
When speaking about the lack of coverage at the event, Goldsmith said:
In a lot of countries it went out live. In fact in most of them. I am disappointed that the BBC did not broadcast the event live. I think all the BBC is interested is in Glastonbury.
They have got about five million people working on it. It’s their jolly and everything else gets short shrift.