Getting Very Near The End

BBC IIntroducing with Tom Robinson
BBC Introducing: Fresh On The Net has been broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music every week since 28 October 2008 and will end on 2 April 2012. It started out as a single 120 minute show that went out every Saturday night from midnight (technically Sunday morning). In June 2008 it was expanded to two shows a week which went out at 1am every Sunday and Monday morning.

Its mission was to connect listeners with new music – and musicians with new listeners.  Central to this was our Recommend Music web page where the public could suggest favourite tunes directly to the team, bypassing record company pluggers and promo CDs completely. All the music considered by the show had to be streaming in full on the web – the aim being to provide a guide to new tunes that could be heard legally and for free online. (The only exceptions were session tracks and tips from BBC colleagues).

Unlike most BBC shows, our tracklists had live links direct to the artists’ own websites. Those tracklists have now been compiled into one big searchable webpage (click to open in new window). Once it’s loaded you can scroll, browse or search through the entire four and a half years the show has been on air.

However my album-length BBC podcast will continue to offer an hoursworth of new music from BBC Introducing every week, and the tracks will be included in my new Saturday evening show (9pm – midnight). In addition, the download will be broadcast on 6 Music as a standalone programme in its own rioght every Sunday morning from 2am.

Even though BBC Introducing: Fresh On The Net is almost at an end, here on the blog our mission remains the same: to connect listeners with new music and musicians with new listeners.

Take a look around, meet the team members (left) and click a few music links to see what takes your fancy…

Tom Robinson

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Tom Robinson

London-based broadcaster & songwriter, born 1950. His best known songs are 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Glad To Be Gay and War Baby; he has also co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. Read More...

11 Comments

  1. Right. Well that’s it then. Nowhere left, even on the BBC, for genuine, independent new music. What a sad day for music and a massive own-goal for the BBC.
    Thank God for the true independent stations like http://www.scrubradio.com

  2. Oh no…this is such a shame.

    Well I feel honoured to have been a part of this great radio show & will be keeping up with your site for sure.

  3. This is the saddest thing ever. Where are new artists supposed to upload their music to? Who will play them now? I am gutted.

    Feel very proud to have been part of it. Thank you Tom. I’ll be listening to every show from now until the end!! :(

  4. Sad stuff Tom, we were very pleased & proud to have been featured on your show (and thus a place on the tracklisting you posted) and stayed up past our bedtimes to listen… Thanks for having us!

    To the commenters above, all is not completely lost, BBC Introducing still exists for you to upload your music to! http://www.bbc.co.uk/introducing

  5. Tom you have been a pioneer for new music and so many people appreciate you for that; myself included! I’m happy to have been involved but mostly hope that you find your feet in your new roles and arenas!

  6. Kat Flint

    Just heard the news about the show ending – absolutely gutted! Good luck with the podcast, and a huge thanks to you and the team for supporting new artists. I know so many people whose first radio play came via you guys and we all really appreciate it!!

  7. Tim Graves

    Thanks Tom, honored my band was a part of this wonderful program which took time to shine light on the indies. Look forward to hearing the new show!

  8. Valerie

    Slightly confused by this post – does this mean there will now only be an hours’ worth of music from artists who have submitted their material via BBC Introducing per show? (Plus the podcast/standalone show).

  9. Sad news indeed One look at the pop charts and it’s patently obvious shows like Tom’s are more necessary than ever! It’s a real shame that under pressure from the government and their horse riding chums over at News International the Beeb has to pander to commercial popularsism and produce dreadful brain shredding guff like “the Voice.” (yeah cos we haven’t got enough talent shows have we ?)

    But I guess the sad reality is it has to be seen to be “competing” as a business entity in order to silence the braying Murdoch acolytes in the media. I hope the Beebs Reithian Principles are not completely eroded by the unrelenting and seemingly unstoppable march in dumbing down mainstream popular culture.
    But without going on a huge political rant, (although it’s very tempting ;) ) it’s such a shame because the platform Tom and his show has provided and its support of new music is admirable and deserving of the highest of praise. Long may Freshet continue discovering and supporting innovative, talented and exciting new artists. Who knows? Maybe one day we can overcome the “talent show” behemoth that manages to suck the joy and very soul out of pop music in order to fill a certain oblong headed business man’s high riding trouser pockets.

    There is still hope :)

  10. Ck Stanley

    Thanks for playing Queen Elvis
    3 cheers for the freshnet team :)

  11. Qwerty

    Our local bbc introducing seem to irrationally dislike us and I’m sceptical that we’ll ever win their support – and after all, it’s a small team and I won’t begrudge them their opinion. Fresh on the Net has got us 3 plays on 6 Music before, and I believe wholehearted in our good material. We were so grateful to have an alternative channel of submitting music outside of bbc introducing I will be sorry to see it go, but good luck to all and I hope a new alternative route pops up soon!

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