Death of a BBC music bossmain
The Times has a death notice for the former controller of BBC music Robert Ponsonby, who has passed away aged 92.
A charming, civilised conversationalist, Ponsinby he was running the Scottish National Orchestra when he won the race in 1972 to succeed William Glock, the BBC’s propagandist of modernism who left a minefield of bruised egos in his wake.
Ponsonby soon found himself on the wrong side of a corporate plan to reduce the number of BBC orchestras by half. The musicians duly went on strike. Ponsonby lost his job in 1985. The orchestras were halved anyway.
So it goes.