Mr Bates, who resigned on air last year in protest at changes on the popular station, claimed that the senior hierarchy at the BBC had become the slave to the all- powerful figure of John Birt, the Director-General.
Mr Bates, 46, claimed to be one of the people who were being ignored in the corporation's shake- up. 'Those management changes led of the departure of myself and several other presenters from the BBC. You see, the men at the top had long been uncomfortable with a service which they regarded as broadcasting's equivalent of Essex Man. But though they no doubt considered the disc jockeys awful and vulgar, and the music quite ghastly, the pre-Birt generation had enough sense to leave it well alone'.
There was a real danger that executives would increasingly cut themselves off from the interests of listeners and viewers. 'The management's world is a metropolitan world. It is dominated, naturally, by what the new managers are doing - dining at the fashionable clubs and restaurants of the West End . . . living in Hampstead and Chiswick, going to the football (and good seats too) on a Saturday, cottages in the country for the odd weekend, chauffeur-driven cars, tickets for the theatre or a fashionable pop concert. This is a dilettante's world - a million miles from reality.'
The attack follows depressing listening figures for Radio 1, announced earlier this week, which showed a slump of 2.2m in the number of listeners in 12 months.
'The corporation's management has abandoned the idea of a mass channel and is bent on creating an elitist 'acceptable' middle-class radio station,' Mr Bates wrote in the Daily Mail, adding that Radio 1 now looked like a 'terminal case'.Reuse content