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The Rolling Stones agree BBC broadcast terms for Glastonbury 2013

The Rolling Stones and BBC finally agree Glastonbury Festival terms

The Rolling Stones agree BBC broadcast terms for Glastonbury 2013

Chris Swindells - 21 June 2013

*** Updated Sunday June 23 ***

Contrary to earlier reports published in The Guardian, Virtual Festivals now believes The Rolling Stones will only broadcast 45 minutes of their Glastonbury Festival headline set through the BBC. An insider source told us that the one hour figure quoted had never been agreed and whilst discussions had been ongoing the two parties have now agreed to broadcast 45 minutes of their two hour and 15 minute Pyramid Stage performance.

Reports in the press also put BBC creative director Alan Yentob in the centre of the discussions. Yentob has reportedly had a number of conversations with close friend Mick Jagger over the matter in an attempt to reach a compromise.

Discussions between the two parties reportedly became fraught when The Rolling Stones initially only granted the BBC permission to broadcast four songs from their historic Saturday night headline set.

The BBC are planning to deliver "the slickest and most comprehensive" mobile coverage of the festival in Somerset yet and say they expect 50% of viewers to tune in on a mobile or tablet device. Their selected cut from The Rolling Stones performance is expected to be broadcast on BBC One, BBC Radio Two and through BBC iPlayer.


Speaking to The Guardian yesterday, Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis said: "I think Mick Jagger wanted to play to the people here, rather than a TV show."

"I'll be in there myself," Eavis added. "I'd love to see the Stones. It's taken a long time to get them to come and play. Everyone wants to see the Stones, basically."

The Guardian also confirmed there will be a 90 minute wait for fans between the end of Primal Scream's set and The Rolling Stones starting in order to build their stage set in readiness for the 'spectacular stage show', which will also feature a fireworks display.

Glastonbury Festival takes place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset from June 26-30 2013.

All tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2013, estimated to be approximately 140,000 in number, have now completely sold out.

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