One of the things the BBC has always been good at is supporting new music. John Peel and David Jensen, yes, and the Evening Session, yes, but also across local stations with programmes like On The Wire, Turn It Up and Raw Talent.
It comes as something of a surprise to see Amazing Radio, the DAB new acts network, seems to think that playing unsigned music is (a) an idea it came up with and (b) an idea the BBC have pinched from them:
Paul Campbell, the chief executive of parent company Amazing Media Group, has written to the BBC Trust chairman, Sir Michael Lyons, complaining that the corporation's rival service, based around the BBC Introducing website, is an unnecessary copycat of a product already provided by the market that has been massively expanded and now threatens to kill his business plans.
"It is an outrage that the BBC should use public funding to copy our concept and, by default, seek to put us out of business. This is to all intents and purposes a direct copy of our privately funded concept," said Campbell, a former BBC executive, in the letter to Lyons.
Hang about - "it is an outrage" in an angry, half-arsed letter? Is Paul Campbell ripping off Mr Cul-De-Sac from the BBC's Mark Steel Solution? Are we going to get a press release later today that goes "why oh why oh why oh why oh why oh why... haven't finished it, but it's coming along nicely, don't you think?"
Seriously, though: The hyperbrand of BBC new music talent stuff under Introducing (something I'm not fond of as it wiped a lot of the quirkiness from nations and regions music programming) was born in June 2007. Amazing went on air in, erm, June 2009. What time-travelling wizardry does Campbell think the BBC owns?
Besides, it's not like "only playing music from new artists" is a concept that's so novel you could protect it. And there are so many new artists swishing about with bright eyes and GarageBand produced demos, surely everyone can wet their beaks?
The real problem, you'd have to suggest, is that the audience for pure-play new-acts-only radio stations is quite small. I was accused of being neophile the other week, but my iTunes play count doesn't have everything stuck on one. You need to mix the new with the familiar if you want to build a wide, regular audience.
Campbell seems worried that the best acts would have their heads turned and only go on the BBC (as if a band at the whoring-after-fans stage would ever be after an exclusive relationship.
This seems to sum up how little Campbell actually cares about the bands:
Campbell claimed that the flow through of acts from BBC Introducing has on occasion gone as far as appearances on Jools Holland's BBC2 show.
A scheme that allows bands not being supported by major labels to appear in front of the largest music TV audience? How devious these BBC people are! This must be stopped right away.