Thanks a lot both, I think it's the latter but have put them both on favourites.
They seem to be suggesting that indeed the music / drama is NOT enough but that it has to be wrapped in some kind of airy forgettable nothing as if that in itself will make the music / drama more appetising. It won't and it is patronising and self-deceiving to think it. IMHO R3 has now set itself on what looks like to be a suicide trajectory in that is working towards negating many of the principles that govern the arts they purport to serve - i.e. serious scrutiny about serious statements. They are trying to pretend that the music and the arts covered are somehow NOT trying to challenge or move or subvert or shout, but merely a kind of comforting wallpaper. i.e. CFM. and for me that way madness and self-immolation lie.