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Wednesday 24 January 2018

6 Music stars dismayed at reports

Lauren Laverne's radio station 6 Music could be axed
Lauren Laverne's radio station 6 Music could be axed

Lauren Laverne and Shaun Keaveny have expressed their dismay as they learned their station may be lined up for the axe.

The closure of BBC 6 Music - one of the corporation's most successful digital-only stations - is one of the proposals being put forward in a strategic review of services, it was reported, meaning that the two presenters could be out of a job.

Lauren wrote on Twitter: "Looks like I'm joining that facebook group then. Boo, boo and thrice boo. That is all. SAD FACE."

Shaun, 6 Music's breakfast show host, told listeners: "First of all, massive thanks to everyone who has shown their support, it's literally choking us up...

"Nobody could know the whole story, and we won't until something like March 9. We hope it isn't true of course."

Whispers about the prospect of the demise of the station - which has 695,000 listeners - led to a Facebook petition being set up, which already has 60,000 members.

The Asian Network would also be closed, The Times reported, spending on imported shows would be cut and web pages cut by a quarter.

The BBC said the details of the report were "speculation".

Director-General Mark Thompson is also said to be preparing to announce the closure of BBC Switch and Blast!, which are targeted towards the teenage market.

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