Tuesday, May 18, 2004

GO JONNY GO GO GO GO: The BBC has signed up Jonny Greenwood to be its composer in residence (although he won't actually be bunking down in a corridor outside the Newsround studio), producing stuff to be played on the radio. It's a sideline - he'll be juggling it with his Radiohead work, but if Michael Grade can keep all his business plates spinning prettily, we're sure Jonny won't have a problem multi-tasking. The beauty of this role is that Greenwood is going to have access to a load of resources that usually would cost him a fortune to secure (or rather, which his label would usually charge him a fortune for) and that includes the BBC Concert Orchestra. Even the lead violinist. Of course, Radiohead are getting used to having the run of the BBC these days - Thom Yorke edited Today a couple of months back; the band programmed 6Music over Christmas, and Ed O'Brien is Deputy Head of Sports at BBC Three Counties Radio. Surely it's only a matter of time before Thom gets the vacant DG chair?

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