It is almost two decades since Greg Dyke, the last D-G but four, described the BBC as ‘hideously white’. Since then, not much has changed by way of internal procedures.
We have confirmed with musicians that, contrary to global practice, the BBC Symphony has refused to allow potential new players to audition behind a screen. In the absence of screen protection, like chooses like and the BBC Symphony remains as it is.
Along with most leading orchestras even the Vienna Philharmonic, pictured below, now uses screens.
But the BBC remains stuck myopically in the last century.
A new D-G starts today. Will he do anything about it?