The BBC Trust has said that the case has ‘not been made’ for the closure of 6 music – which means, unless I am very much mistaken, that they will not be axing the station. HOORAY!
Here’s an excerpt from the Trust’s press release:
The Trust concludes that, as things stand, the case has not been made for the closure of 6 Music. The Executive should draw up an overarching strategy for digital radio. If the Director General wanted to propose a different shape for the BBC’s music radio stations as part of a new strategy, the Trust would consider it. The Trust would consider a formal proposal for the closure of the Asian Network, although this must include a proposition for meeting the needs of the station’s audience in different ways.
I am sorry for the listeners of the Asian network though, but it seems like the very vocal support so many of us gave to 6 music has paid off. I have heard this heralded as a triumph of social media, and I think that’s not far from the truth – which, given the station is digital, is probably quite appropriate.
I am very pleased to hear this news – long live 6 music!!