February 6, 2013 17:50

Dizzee Rascal in, Drenge out – BBC Radio 1 gives rare glimpse of live playlist meeting

National radio station live tweets its weekly meeting

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This afternoon (February 6) BBC Radio 1 took to Twitter to offer a unique insight into its weekly playlist meeting as part of the station's Access All Areas initiative, which is taking place throughout this month.

Each Wednesday the station discusses what songs should get taken off the playlist – which is divided into A, B and C lists – before going through new tracks to discuss if and where they should be placed on the station's playlist. People were encouraged to get involved and keep up with the meeting using the hashtag #R1playlist, while any points raised during the meeting were also tweeted out.

Among the results of the meeting, 'Bassline Junkie' by Dizzee Rascal, 'Reload' by Wiley and 'Green Garden' by Laura Mvula have all been promoted to the A-list, which means their songs will be played three-four times a day, while 'Seen It All' by Jake Bugg, 'Supremacy' by Muse and 'Perfect Replacement' by Example all got promoted to the B list, roughly two plays a day.

'Sunset' by The xx will be added to the C list next week (meaning it will be played once a day) while Wild Belle, Koven and Drenge missed out on a spot, though the station admitted it keep an eye on artists to see how interest develops. Tweeting about Radar favourites Drenge, Radio 1 stated: "It's too early for a playlist addition for @ddrreennggee - we'll continue supporting in them in our evening programming for now.". 'Miracle' by Hurts received a mixed response by the team, so it will be revisited again next week.

Typically songs move up and down the station's playlist depending on their popularity, with the typical shelf life for a song being around seven weeks. The Radio 1 website says 'We aim to play a mix of genres, ensure we support new UK artists as well as more established acts and feature more challenging tracks not played by most other stations'.



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