BBC radio’s backlash

BBC Trust sides with protestors

Watchdog the BBC Trust has ordered the pubcaster to reconsider its strategy for the future of digital radio after public protests at its plans to shutter the 6 Music radio station.

BBC director general Mark Thompson provoked the backlash when he disclosed plans to close the radio station along with the Asian Network earlier this year, prompting numerous “save 6 Music” campaigns and petitions.

The BBC Trust apparently came out on the side of campaigners Monday when it stated “the case has not been made for the closure of 6 Music” and concluded that the BBC should formulate “an overarching strategy” for its digital radio output.

Those hoping to save 6 Music from the ax contend that the station gives independent record companies and emerging acts a platform they can’t find elsewhere.

Responding to the BBC Trust’s report, Andrew Harrison chief executive of the RadioCentre, which represents commercial radio broadcasters in the U.K., said: “We welcome the interim report from the BBC Trust, and in particular its emphasis on distinctiveness and value for money, as the next step in the process to review the future size and shape of the BBC.”

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