Eurovision Insight Podcast: In-Depth With UK Music Consultant Hugh Goldsmith Written by on May 8, 2016 | 4 Comments

Hugh Goldsmith – former MD of RCA and founder of Innocent Records – supported this year’s selection process for the BBC’s Eurovision entry. Ewan Spence sat down with him to talk about his career, fan databases, the cheapest music video in the world, and this year’s entry at Eurovision for the United Kingdom.

As part of the BBCs process to find the United Kingdom’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, Guy Freeman and his team turned to music industry veteran Hugh Goldsmith. He has an impressive CV that includes working in a number of professional teams to support some of the biggest names in UK music history, has helped create innovate marketing campaigns, and has worked at all levels of the industry.

For 2016’s entry he acted as a liaison between Broadcasting House and numerous singers, songwriters, mangers, and others in the industry.

I caught up with Hugh in a London coffee bar before we both left for Stockholm to talk about his career, this year’s selection process, and when he’ll start looking for Eurovision 2017 acts.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: In-Depth With UK Music Consultant Hugh Goldsmith

Hugh Goldsmith – former MD of RCA and founder of Innocent Records – supported this year’s selection process for the BBC’s Eurovision entry. Ewan Spence sits down with him to talk about his career, fan databases, the cheapest music video in the world, and this year’s entry at Eurovision for the United Kingdom, in another In-depth Insight podcast.

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About The Author: Ewan Spence

British Academy (BAFTA) nominated broadcaster and writer Ewan Spence is the voice behind The Unofficial Eurovision Song Contest Podcast and one of the driving forces behind ESC Insight. Having had an online presence since 1994, he is a noted commentator around the intersection of the media, internet, technology, mobility and how it affects us all. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, his work has appeared on the BBC, The Stage, STV, and The Times. You can follow Ewan on Twitter (@ewan) and Facebook (facebook.com/ewanspence).

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4 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: In-Depth With UK Music Consultant Hugh Goldsmith”

  1. Teresa says:

    Would it be too much to ask for things that are interesting like this to also be available to read? I’ve never liked listening to podcasts to be totally honest, but I’d like to read what came of this.

  2. OrangeVorty says:

    A really interesting interview – more like this please. A catch-up with Guy since your last interview to discuss progress and why as last year all done and dusted before Hugh Goldsmith was contacted?

    I’m glad he recognises how middle of the road this year’s national selection was but I’m pleased with the honesty of “the big song writers don’t have the time to spend on UK Eurovision in its current form”. I hope the UK places mid table just so he can approach some labels with some of the ‘progress’ he wants. A bit more experimentation and a little more pop next year please – I do hope he wasn’t the exec that gave us Better Man! Thanks Ewan!

  3. Ewan Spence says:

    OrangeVorty, re Guy Freman you might get your wish sooner rather than later.

  4. Mo Comfort says:

    This was such an entertaining listen (as always with the in depth interviews). I am so pleased also; it gives me much hope for the future that there actually seems to be someone in the BBC process who has an understanding of the contest and the way to approach it. The past few years (2015 specifically an awful step backwards in my eyes) have disappointed but this says to me that progress is actually an aim of the BBC’s team. So for that I am very excited for the future, Hugh seems to have a very good mindset for this and the 15th May start date is a joy to hear.

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