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6Music saved by record audience

The BBC Trust has delighted thousands of music fans by saying that “the case has not been made for the closure of 6 Music”  and that there is “significant public support for the service” given that 78% of almost 50,000 online responses to the BBC’s consultation on its Strategic Review focused principally on 6 Music.  Listening figures have significantly increased since the proposal to axe the service and this record audience seems to have saved the station.  The same has not happened for the Asian Network, another digital radio station earmarked for possible closure.

But while the Asian Network may still go, the Trust says that BBC management must include a proposition for meeting the needs of the station’s audience in different ways.  Rationalisation in analogue radio is also likely to go ahead, with more sharing of programming and resources between BBC regional stations.

Blast!, a website to encourage creative teenagers to upload their own work, will be closed following Trust support for the DG’s proposal. Switch, a cross-media brand bringing together content aimed at a similar age group, may well go too; the Trust chose to leave the decision to management, so the proposal in the Strategic Review seems likely to go ahead.

More details from the BBC, Media Guardian and the Press Gazette.

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