Japan’s broadcaster has one, the British Broadcasting Corporation has six, Germany’s regional public networks have loads of them, South Africa’s SABC had one, and the whole of north America now has none. They are broadcast orchestras. Also called radio orchestras, it stands to reason that they go back a long way with broadcasting – music is a natural staple of the medium.
In these cash-strapped times for broadcasters, what is the benefit of having an orchestra? And in a digital era, what is the purpose of maintaining a relatively analogue asset?
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