Sunday 17 December 2017

Archers shot down by The Undertones

A show on 6 Music was accidentally broadcast over Radio 4's The Archers
A show on 6 Music was accidentally broadcast over Radio 4's The Archers

BBC presenter Shaun Keaveny turned his show over to The Archers theme after a bungle meant listeners to the Radio 4 rural soap heard three minutes of rock tunes on Thursday night.

The 6 Music host played the jaunty signature tune during his breakfast show to make up for the first five minutes of Thursday's edition of life in Ambridge being cut.

Instead Marc Riley's show on 6 Music was accidentally broadcast on the highbrow network, with listeners hearing him play a tune by The Undertones.

Keaveny played the full version of the Archers tune and told listeners: "I think we've now completely redressed the balance."

BBC 6 Music is under threat under a strategic review which proposes to close the digital service along, with the Asian Network. BBC bosses, by coincidence, have talked about taking the best bits of 6 Music and putting them on other stations.

Keaveny joked: "I actually don't think it was a mistake - it could actually be a new management direction. It might just be a stealth way of putting us on as many different networks as possible, to get us as much exposure as possible.

"A last-gasp attempt to get us over the million mark of listeners. I applaud it if that's the case. Stick us out over the 10 o'clock news for five minutes."

Press Association

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