Wednesday 24 May 2017

Brown backs BBC 6 Music campaign

Gordon Brown said he preferred Jarvis Cocker to Chris Moyles
Gordon Brown said he preferred Jarvis Cocker to Chris Moyles

Threatened BBC radio station 6 Music has won support from Gordon Brown.

The digital station is facing closure as part of a shake-up of the corporation, which will divert an extra £600 million into programme-making, but the Prime Minister told the Radio Times that the BBC should not have "succumbed to pressure" to axe some of its output.

Asked to pick his favourite from Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, Chris Evans and Jeremy Vine on Radio 2 and Jarvis (Cocker) on 6 Music, he replied: "Definitely 6 Music. Definitely."

He said: "The licence fee is essential to the BBC. Any proposal to massively cut the fee or to strip the BBC of its independence - or alternatively, to remove its ability to make certain programmes - is a huge mistake.

"I don't think politicians should make that decision about what the BBC produces. I think the BBC should make that decision. I also think, personally, that the BBC should not have succumbed to pressure to cut certain things - but they have."

Asked whether he was in favour of the campaign to save endangered 6 Music, he said: "Yes because it's the next stage you worry about.

"A lot of things that the BBC does are incredibly creative and quite risky. But this is a necessary means of us being a creative society."

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