Friday, January 29, 2010

Glastonbury 2008: NME gets a bit confused

Surprising news from the NME this morning:

The National Audit Office (NAO) are investigating the BBC's coverage of last year's Glastonbury festival, to see whether it provides value for money.

That's going to come as something of an irritation for the BBC, what with the National Audit Office only having just published findings of an investigation into the costs of broadcasting Glastonbury in 2008 (alongside One Big Weekend and some sporting events).

The report noticed that the 2008 One Big Weekend event came in over budget, and that the BBC had some problems evaluating value for money on these events. Almost as if 'value for money' is a nebulous, meaningless term that depends on where you're standing.

The NME also neglects to mention that the report was requested by the BBC, which is quite a different matter from the NAO simply turning up on the doorstep.

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