Posted 25 March 2010 - 09:23 PM
People have given perfectly valid reasons why it should be given another go on tv. Just because you don't like any of them doesn't make them invalid.
As I said before, mentioning the cut-backs of whole radio stations is irrelevant, as no-one is asking for a whole channel.
The way we view tv has changed since they were last on tv. Digital channels are crying out for content, and as the webcast got such fantastic figures, it shows that there is an audience too. It might not be massive, and perhaps not big enough for BBC2 in its current format, but as the awards ceremony is being held anyway, it only has to get as much as other shows in the same slot. The BBC had massive hit shows finding new theatre stars, so I can't believe that it cannot bring a fraction of that audience to an awards ceremony if done well.
You might not care what is on at a theatre in Leicester, and arguably I'm not either. However, touring shows that visit a number of cities will be of interest to people all over the country. You said that the show was too London-centric to be on tv. Perhaps that's how you like it, but there's more to theatre than what is happening in London and it wouldn't hurt to reflect that.
Londoners shouldn't get too precious. Many a great show starts in the provinces before transfering to the big smoke. Perhaps you could think of it as a preview or "up and coming" award if if makes you feel better.
There are also some amazing happenings at the arts festivals, such as Edinburgh. A category for that to redress the London bias wouldn't be too painful would it?
Not everyone who likes the theatre likes all genres, so that shouldn't be essential.
The radio coverage was poor, because it finished long before the awards did, and missed performances etc. I'm sure the webcast would have been good, but I wasn't at home, so couldn't see it, and no option to set the recorder either. Those who did see it said it was fine, but would rather see it on a tv. The fact that it stalled a lot suggests it was over-subscribed.
People are fretting about it being over-run with celebrities, but they already try to get celebs to present the awards. With a tv audience, they'll get a better choice, and some of those people getting the awards might increase their celebrity, and most importantly the free advertising for all the nominated shows would do them all good, and open up a lot of people to trying something a bit different.
I really don't understand why some people are against it. Let the BBC say no if they must, but I don't understand why a theatre fan would be happy for the show to be hidden away where only the most hard-core of theatre fans, with internet access, can see it.