BBC confirms 6 Music closure plan
Published 02/03/2010 | 12:19
The BBC has confirmed that it plans to close 6 Music, prompting outrage from its own stars.
In a report to the BBC Trust titled Putting Quality First, the corporation - which also said the Asian Network would be axed - said it wants to reprioritise nearly £600 million a year to higher quality content.
Presenter Jarvis Cocker condemned the plan and said he was "flabbergasted" by the move.
He told Radio 4's The World At One: "As far as I can see, a station like Radio 6 is perfectly in the spirit of what the BBC was supposedly set up to do - public service broadcasting. It's airing music that wouldn't get heard otherwise."
BBC stars blasted the move on Twitter, with Five Live presenter Richard Bacon saying: "6music is staffed by talented people providing 'distinctive' programming that values 'quality over quantity' - exactly what this restructure is supposed to be about."
TV presenter Danny Wallace, who has has guest stints as a presenter on 6 Music, said: "Today I fell a little bit out of love with the world's most fantastic organisation, which is now... less fantastic."
Speaking before the news was confirmed, Mark Ronson, Daisy Lowe and Jaime Winstone spoke of their support for the station.
Mark said at the premiere of the Banksy film Exit Through The Gift Shop on Monday night: "(It's) much more of a trainspottery love for music than maybe you get with the main radio stations."
Daisy said: "It's such a shame, it was such an amazing music station."
Jaime agreed, adding: "All good things come to an end sometimes, don't they?"