Hit for six - BBC puts its trust in 6 Music after closure-decision reversal

Posted: 5th July 2010
Damon Albarn

Recently you will have read about the BBC's decision to trim back its expenditure on digital radio-stations, wielding an axe in the direction of the much-loved 6 Music station from next year. An announcement on the BBC website this morning has revealed that the BBC Trust have flatly refused the original proposal to shut the digital-station, which has continued to highlight and promote up and coming artists who would otherwise struggle for airtime or marketing. In short, 6 Music is saved indefinitely although BBC Asian Network still looks doomed.

After campaigning, special-awareness gigs and demonstrations, it seems that to some degree, people power has at least woken a few executives up - add an extra 400,000 listeners in the space of a month and you have little reason to shut it down. Key musicians such as David Bowie, Damon Albarn, Coldplay, Lily Allen and Billy Bragg lent weight to the argument, spearheading the online petition and Facebook campaigns.

Simon Raymonde, head of Bella Union Records, said " is a victory for common sense". We couldn't agree more.

Paul Pledger