Saturday 21 October 2017

Music bosses debate fate of 6 Music

Feargal Sharkey spelled out concerns to Sir Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust
Feargal Sharkey spelled out concerns to Sir Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust

The UK's top music executives have met the BBC Trust to voice their concerns about the proposed closure of digital station 6 Music.

Leading figures at the big four companies Sony, EMI, Universal and Warner Brothers were among those who aired their fears at the summit which took place on Wednesday.

Former Undertones star Feargal Sharkey, now CEO of UK Music, also spelled out concerns to Sir Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust, which is leading a consultation over plans to axe the service.

Tony Wadsworth, chairman of industry body the BPI, said: "We cannot see the sense in pulling the plug on a successful outlet for artists, both new and established, that are not being played on either Radio 1 or 2.

"6 Music has significant cultural worth and public value that you can't measure by audience numbers alone, and it provides programming that commercial radio does not."

The station faces the axe under the BBC's strategic review which is designed to divert more money into programme-making.

However, the proposal to axe 6 Music - which would be dropped along with the Asian Network - has prompted a backlash. This week Prime Minister Gordon Brown voiced his concerns about the closure of the station.

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