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.

He continued:

They have got about five million people working on it. It’s their jolly and everything else gets short shrift.

It was also noted that the BBC are sending a total of 296 staff to cover this year’s Glastonbury event, an increase from the 263 staff members present at the 2011 show.
With the concert being cut short, a swarm of Beyonce’s fan group the Beyhive flooded BBC one’s Twitter page, demanding explanations as to why the event was cut short.
Issuing a formal apology and hoping to build bridges with Bey’s loyal fans, the network hoped to receive some sympathy from the fan base, but let’s just say… they weren’t having any of it:
Oh dear, I did think it was slightly odd that they tried to highlight the entire show in only an hour when performances from the likes of Rita Ora, Timbaland, John Legend and J.Lo were also cut short.
It has also been noted that the BBC did not have the rights to show some performances as some contained commercial sponsors, but since this was a charity event, some earlier preparation might of been a good idea.
Did the BBC mess up big time? Was the one hour broadcast even worth it?
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