p2p news / p2pnet: Britain’s BBC is having music problems of a different kind.
Studio audiences have been admitted to Television Centre shows since it opened in 1960, but problems with the local council have forced the Beeb to email staff asking them to form the studio audiences.
"The situation emerged after a Red Hot Chili Peppers show held in the forecourt of Television Centre last month, as part of a recording for Top of the Pops," it says, going on, "At the time of the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert, the BBC said it had originally been advised that it did not require a licence. Studio audiences have been admitted to the building since it opened in 1960.
"But following discussions with Hammersmith and Fulham Council, the local authority which covers Television Centre, it has been advised that a licence was necessary."
Now staff members are being asked to make up the studio audience for shows such as Strictly Dance Fever, "until the situation is resolved".
"We’re asking for your help, and also hoping we can offer you some fun at the same time," director general Mark Thompson emailed staff.
The story doesn’t say if overtime rules will apply ; )
BBC – BBC staff asked to form audiences, May 11, 2006