Quote: zooo @ January 11 2013, 2:58 PM GMT
Why would they DO that? So bizarre.
No one has been told why, but Cook took it as a personal snub on him and his work. My guess is because they are the BBC and that's the kind of negative way they have often acted. They have always been a bit superior, very elitist minded, conservative thinking and very closed off at board level.
Don't forget also this was the era of the great ratings war with ITV, which they'd been losing for years. They probably didn't want the public knowing they had taken money from an artist to help save recordings; that's a coup for their rivals ITV, we the license payers would question why they had to; they don't like making commercial decisions like that, that's what ITV do, and primarily they were a broadcaster, not a museum. That was the thinking then. Things have changed a lot now, they say, but you're still never sure the Beeb would make the right decision, they are a bit perverse.