BBC opens up its U2 archives for two new shows
By Andre Paine
LONDON (Billboard) - BBC Worldwide Music, part of the commercial arm of U.K. broadcaster the BBC, has unveiled two new U2 shows that it is making available for sale to international broadcasters.
"U2=BBC: The History" and "U2=BBC" feature exclusive material from the BBC archive and a series of extensive interviews with the band.
The programs include the Irish band's February rooftop performance at BBC Broadcasting House in London.
Around 5,000 people lined the nearby streets to watch the performance earlier this year. The band was captured by aerial and rooftop camera shots, which will feature on both shows but form the basis of "U2=BBC." That show -- available as a 30-minute or 50-minute production -- also includes their live set for BBC Radio 1's "Live Lounge," hosted by Jo Whiley, as well as behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the band.
"U2=BBC: The History" follows the band's career from their earliest days in Belfast to the Broadcasting House set in 2009. It draws on nearly 30 years of BBC live performances, including "Top of the Pops" and "Whistle Test."
The U2 shows follow recent BBC Worldwide music specials on Oasis and Pet Shop Boys from the BBC archive.
(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)