Earlier today it transpired that the BBC Trust have opted not to axe digital radio station 6 Music. How this news couldn”™t be dear to the heart of the Spotisfaction fan, I do not know.
6 Music was launched in 2002 and provides an alternative to more mainstream stations such as Radio 1. It was a bold step, with the BBC seeming to take note of the growing demand for new music and championing musical creativity and development just as the late great John Peel once had.
Earlier this year, 6 Music was marked for potential closure in February”™s BBC Strategy Review which caused a backlash of angry fans and angry DJs. The BBC had cited poor listening figures as one of the reasons for the closure of 6 Music as well as the need to give commercial rivals more room in the market to broadcast similar endeavours.
However, 5 months later it would seem that the BBC Trust aren”™t convinced that 6 Music is ready for the chop just yet. In fact, they went on record saying 6 Music is “well-liked by its listeners, was highly distinctive and made an important contribution” which is the exact kind of thinking we need when it comes to important matters such as these.
The full statement from the BBC Trust can be read here.