Liverpool's fantastically cash-hungry summer pops have been axed for this year, in the midst of the City's run-up to be Cultural capital of Europe. Although, being Liverpool, the scrapping of the event isn't that neat: "Town Hall sources" reckon three companies are apparently keen to pick up the min-fest, insisting they can run it without the need for the huge subsidies the songs-in-a-tent.
But then again, are they?
Cream had originally asked for an uncapped contribution from the council, but deny they're prepared to run it without ratepayers footing the bill:
He said: “We believe the Pops should take place and we would be prepared to sit down with the council to find a way it could take place this year.”
You'll note the suggestion that running the event on the basis of a commercial event, making a profit, has magically transmogrified into running the event "for free."