BBC Music's TV head of commissioning has shared details of their strategy towards live music broadcasting, promising more '... at the BBC' specials.
Jan Younghusband has spoken with Music Week about how coronavirus has seen the BBC make drastic changes to its plans. BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend was a virtual event in 2020, while Glastonbury's 50th anniversary will be celebrated using archive footage following its cancellation this year.
"Our commitment to live music remains the same as always," Younghusband told the magazine. "We've been trying to do more single artist specials. The moment we can do those again, we will. Our door is always open for these great artists."
The likes of Adele, Harry Styles, Sam Smith and Michael Buble have taken part in '... at the BBC' one-off shows in the past featuring exclusive performances, interviews and sketches. The specials have been hosted by flagship presenters Graham Norton, Claudia Winkleman and Cat Deeley. The last of these to be broadcast was Ariana Grande at the BBC in November 2018 hosted by Davina McCall.
In the same interview, it was officially confirmed that BBC One series Sounds Like Friday Night - billed as a successor to Top of the Pops - has been cancelled. "It's not practical to plan a long-form new series right now," added Younghusband.