I think it is RW's attitude that has really irked many people, the sheer arrogance of the man is breathtaking. I made a number of suggestions on the R3 MB a few months back but didn't get any feedback from any source or other MB's, the latter did surprise me.
Some of these included:
1. Anniversary composers, a greater focus on the less known ones, after all the better known ones get plenty of exposure anyway at all times. Let's learn more about them composers such as Krommer, Holmboe, W Schuman, Cherubini have hardly had a look in. Withe the better known ones lets hear more of the lesser known works in these anniversary years. The coverage of Barber this year for example has been very slanted, four key works the Piano & Cello Concertos, Prayer of Kiekegaard and The Lovers haven't featured once!
2. Bring back the educational programmes, discovering music is OK but I can remember and have recorded interesting programmes on composers such as Moeran, Harris, Copland and the Russian Symphony. Some of these were excellent and contributed greatly to my appreciation of music.
3. Greater cooperation with networks from other countries, after all we have the occasional EBU broadcasts, live from the Met, and recordings of concerts on TTN. Lets expand that, have some live or (prerecorded from the day before) concerts from around the world and invite presenters and experts from other international networks to make and present programmes and join in with R3 programmes and concerts from the UK. We all know costs are tight at the moment but some sharing of programming and pooling resources and imagination could help stimulate listening and also possibly support some struggling ensembles.
4. Proper schedule planning, do we really need the same work played several times in one week?
5. GET RID OF THE STUPID CHARTS! and other ill planned copies of something that Classic FM actually does better.
6. Breakfast, no problem with shorter pieces and extracts here, but the current tendency to play 3 or 4 works by Mozart and Bach every morning and fall back on Hungarian and Slavonic Dances and the inevitable Debussy and/or Ravel along with inane chatter, endless trailers and silly texting invites smacks of cheap commercial radio. No harm with a little bit of introduction to each piece but keep it simple and informative if necessary.
7. More programmes on historical recordings, the history of recording and general informed discussion in this field.
These are just some random thoughts and I'm sure others could come up with some interesting ideas too.