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Tuesday 24 October 2017

BBC 6 Music saved the axe by Trust

Jarvis Cocker presents a radio show on BBC 6 Music
Jarvis Cocker presents a radio show on BBC 6 Music

BBC 6 Music has been saved the axe - but a review has warned that it must do more to attract a bigger audience.

The radio station, which broadcasts shows hosted by Jarvis Cocker, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Coronation Street star Craig Charles and music legend Bob Dylan, was told by the BBC Trust it needed to attract older listeners, particularly those who were more music-savvy.

Station bosses must also ensure presenters were not only popular, but had "musical credibility".

Meanwhile, BBC Radio 2 was told to do more to appeal to older listeners - particularly over-65s.

The Trust said Britain's biggest network should find a "more varied and challenging selection of programmes" - even if this meant losing some of its audience.

The BBC Trust review, which began nine months ago, looked at the performance of the two stations and looked at quality and value for money.

It said Radio 2 needed to be more "distinctive" and need to be more ambitious in its "non-music" programmes in peak-time.

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