The Reading / Listening - Radio - Level 2

Modern music is now on Bulgarian radio again. For two months, listeners could only listen to classical music or folk songs that were over 70 years old. A copyright dispute meant the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) could not play pop music. Listeners could only listen to music that was recorded before World War II. In the European Union, copyright disappears 70 years after an artist's death. BNR signed a deal with the copyright organization and will pay more royalty fees. these fees goes to the singer, composer or songwriter of a song or a piece of music every time the radio plays their song.



During the two-month dispute, the number of listeners to BNR's shows increased by 20 per cent. It seems many listeners are more interested in listening to older music like Bulgarian folk tunes, classical music and pre-war jazz than Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. BNR is now thinking about changing the music it plays on its shows. The boss of BNR, Aleksandar Velev, said there could be new radio stations. Mr Velev told reporters: "We will not change the profiles of the current radio shows. Instead, we will launch new radio stations with more types of music."

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Sources
  • http://www.novinite.com/articles/179044/Bulgaria's+Public+Radio+Brings+Contemporary+Music+Back+on+Air
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-39104260
  • http://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/bulgarian-radio-station-sees-boost-in-listeners-after-pop-music-ban-1.3301694


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Modern music is now on
  2. A copyright
  3. music that was recorded
  4. BNR signed
  5. pay more royalty
  6. the singer, composer or
  7. a piece
  8. every time the radio
  1. fees
  2. of music
  3. plays their song
  4. dispute
  5. Bulgarian radio again
  6. a deal
  7. before World War II
  8. songwriter

Paragraph 2

  1. During the
  2. the number of listeners to
  3. more interested in listening
  4. folk
  5. thinking about changing the
  6. The boss
  7. we will launch
  8. more types
  1. new radio stations
  2. to older music
  3. of BNR
  4. of music
  5. two-month dispute
  6. music it plays
  7. tunes
  8. BNR's shows increased

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Modern (1) ___________________ Bulgarian radio again. For two months, listeners could (2) ___________________ classical music or folk songs that were over 70 years old. A copyright (3) ___________________ the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) could not play pop music. Listeners could only listen to music that was (4) ___________________ World War II. In the European Union, copyright disappears 70 years after an artist's death. BNR signed a deal with the copyright organization (5) ___________________ royalty fees. these fees goes to the singer, composer or songwriter of a song or a piece of music every time the radio (6) ___________________.

During the (7) ___________________, the number of listeners to BNR's shows increased by 20 per cent. It seems (8) ___________________ more interested in listening to older music like Bulgarian folk tunes, classical (9) ___________________ jazz than Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. BNR is now thinking about changing the music it (10) ___________________. The boss of BNR, Aleksandar Velev, said there could be new radio stations. Mr Velev told reporters: "We will not change (11) ___________________ the current radio shows. Instead, we will launch new radio stations with (12) ___________________ music."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ModernmusicisnowonBulgarianradioagain.Fortwomonths,listeners
couldonlylistentoclassicalmusicorfolksongsthatwereover70yearsol
d.AcopyrightdisputemeanttheBulgarianNationalRadio(BNR)couldn
otplaypopmusic.Listenerscouldonlylistentomusicthatwasrecordedb
eforeWorldWarII.IntheEuropeanUnion,copyrightdisappears70year
safteranartist'sdeath.BNRsignedadealwiththecopyrightorganizatio
nandwillpaymoreroyaltyfees.Thesefeesgotothesinger,composerors
ongwriterofasongorapieceofmusiceverytimetheradioplaystheirsong
.Duringthetwo-monthdispute,thenumberoflistenerstoBNR'sshowsi
ncreasedby20percent.Itseemsmanylistenersaremoreinterestedinli
steningtooldermusiclikeBulgarianfolktunes,classicalmusicandpre-
warjazzthanJustinBieberandTaylorSwift.BNRisnowthinkingaboutch
angingthemusicitplaysonitsshows.ThebossofBNR,AleksandarVelev,
saidtherecouldbenewradiostations.MrVelevtoldreporters:"Wewillno
tchangetheprofilesofthecurrentradioshows.Instead,wewilllaunchne
wradiostationswithmoretypesofmusic."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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