BBC explains why it aired Paul McCartney’s flagship Glastonbury show an hour late


The BBC said Sir Paul McCartney’s showpiece performance at Glastonbury was not broadcast live due to the “complexity” of the event. Although the majority of the performances are shown live on BBC iPlayer, Sir Paul’s show did not air on the broadcaster’s channels until an hour after his set started.

The BBC said in a statement: “This year we are delighted to bring the public our most extensive coverage of Glastonbury to date. Paul McCartney’s highly anticipated set aired on BBC One at 10.30pm as well as Radio 2 and will be available on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.

“Due to the complexity of broadcasting an event of this scale and the volume of performances we cover, there are sometimes variations between the performances that take place and their transmission.”

The decision left some fans at home unhappy as they couldn’t watch the iconic performance live.

@Mugger1dge asked: “Any idea why it’s not live.” @Barchetta66 added, “No fucking teasers because it’s not on TV!!!”

@putthetellyon angrily tweeted: “Well if so it should be explained by the BBC and not presented to us as if it’s going totally live at 10.30. Me and many others just hate it misinformation, it may be, it’s always been that way, but don’t promote it live! #Glastonbury #PaulMcCartney.”

@wahaab6279 said: “It’s playing now but the BBC decided to air it an hour later.” @woodina5 agreed: “What a stupid idea to delay Paul McCartney’s #Glastonbury2022 headline.”

Other Twitter users found the situation funny. @popwinesglasgow joked, “Where’s Macca?!? I can’t stay up this late at my age!!! @BBCiPlayer @PaulMcCartney @thebeatles.”


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