Geldof, who wrote the song and organized the all-star recording session (and later, the bicontinental Live Aid concert) was approached by representatives of British television stations BBC and ITV for permission to allow their rival pop bands to record the song together. Though Geldof liked the concept, he felt that he had to say no.
“It is a good Band Aid idea, overcoming rivalry — BBC and ITV together, bringing people together,” he told the Sun newspaper.
“I just didn’t think there’d be enough time for it to be significant.”
Geldof likes the idea of bands covering the song, if they do it well.
“As long as all the money goes to famine relief, that’s what is important,” he said.