It is a waste of money for the BBC to sponsor a wholly commercial and highly profitable industry. Before Radio 1 starts squealing about how many independent record companies it supports, a close examination usually shows that many of these so- called 'independents' are funded by one or other of the four or five major companies that monopolise the industry.
Twenty-five years ago the pirate stations should have been legalised, which is happening now, somewhat belatedly. Radio 1 should also be privatised so the majors can buy their pet and pay for its upkeep. The BBC could arrive at a price by calculating how many sales, and therefore profits, have been generated for the majors in the last 25 years.
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