Lily Allen criticises 6 Music plans
Published 03/03/2010 | 10:49
Lily Allen hit out at the BBC's proposal to close BBC 6 Music, describing the corporation as going through a "dire phase".
Writing in The Guardian, Lily said: "You can't help but feel that they are scared of taking risks.
"It will be awful if they do decide to close BBC 6 Music, and I hope that the backlash they've received so far will make them think twice..."
The Smile singer also took a swipe at Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton, saying: "If they close 6 Music, instead of acts like Seasick Steve and presenters like Lauren Laverne, it will be the Pussycat Dolls and Fearne Cotton on Radio 1...
Radiohead, Keane, Martin Clunes, Michael Sheen and Will Young also threw their weight behind efforts to make the BBC reverse its plans to close radio station 6.
Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien has written to the Trust about what he called the "ludicrous decision".
He wrote: "I wonder if those who made this decision are actually aware of the hugely important role that 6 Music plays in fostering and promoting new bands, as well as still playing the likes of the band that I am in. It literally is the radio lifeblood for music outside of the mainstream.
Will said: "Many a time I have heard a band or singer long before they hit the mainstream radio stations and this is the way it should be."
The proposals will be subject to a 12-week consultation by the BBC Trust.