Published Jul 05, 2010After months of fan and artist outcry over the proposed closure of BBC 6 Music, the indie-artist-supporting, underground-appreciating music branch of the BBC officially announced today (July 5) that it will continue to operate as usual.
The proposal by BBC director general Mark Thompson to shut down 6 Music was pending approval only from the BBC Trust, who laid down the final word today by opposing the proposal and thereby keeping 6 Music afloat.
As the Guardian reports, the trust found that 6 Music encouraged the spread of digital radio, and was a "highly distinctive" service that is "well liked" by its audience. The trust found there was "significant public support for the service" and that a whopping 78 percent of almost 50,000 online responses to a consultation on the BBC's future focused on 6 Music.
The trust also received more than 25,000 emails and nearly 250 letters about the station, "the great majority" of which opposed 6 Music's closure, causing the trust to decide that BBC managers should be increasing the station's average audience (around 600,000 a week) rather than shutting it down.
Gigwise has pointed to fans' reactions on Facebook and Twitter, while Coldplay expressed their relief via their official website, offering "a big thanks to all of you who took the trouble to contact the BBC Trust and voice your opinions."
The BBC Asian Network, which was also on the chopping block, was not so lucky, as the BBC Trust said it would accept a formal management proposal for its closure, provided that it includes alternative plans for meeting the needs of this ethnic minority audience "in different ways."