Radio 1 to reduce number of live sessions

A report by the BBC Trust suggested various ways for the station to save money

Radio 1 will reduce the number of live sessions that it broadcasts.

BBC Newsbeat reports that the station will cut the number of live evening sessions that it broadcasts from 250 to 160 in a year. The move has been approved by the BBC Trust and is being put forward in order to save money.

Coverage of major festivals and gigs will also be cut from 25 to 10 a year. It is reported that Live Lounge and Maida Vale specials will not be affected by these new measures.

The BBC Trust has also suggested that the station make more of its own documentaries. “We are approving this change to the service licences as we think this will allow Radio 1 and 1Xtra to make better use of high cost programmes,” read the report. “We will also amend 1Xtra’s service licence to add a condition for the number of documentaries it must broadcast, as it currently has no numeric number.”

Earlier this week BBC Radio 1 aired a documentary about nu-metallers Slipknot. The documentary, titled ‘Hell Bound’, was hosted by DJ and former Bloodhound Gang member Daniel P Carter and showed a behind-the-scenes look at the Iowa band’s recent ‘Prepare For Hell’ UK tour.

A shortened video of the documentary is available now via BBC iPlayer. Slipknot launched their first full UK tour for more than six years in Sheffield earlier this year (January 16).

The ‘Prepare For Hell’ tour was the band’s first run of UK dates with their new touring bass player, British musician Alessandro Venturella. Drummer Joey Jordison, who left Slipknot in 2013, was replaced by Jay Weinberg, son of Max Weinberg, the long-serving drummer in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.