No To Cultural Vandalism...
Like all of the station's regular listeners, I was, to
say the very least, rather upset to hear that the BBC Director General,
Mark Thompson, has earmarked the corporation's "alternative"
station, 6music, for closure. In one sense, this is understandable:
despite a consistently high standard of programming, a DJ roster that
reads like a who's who of celebrity music enthusiasts and, crucially,
wall-to-wall immense tuneage, the BBC have never seemed to know how
Writing for the Guardian, broadcaster (I love that word) and comedian
Phill Jupitus - who launched the station in 2002, hosting the 6music
Breakfast Show for 5 years - has described this proposal as "an
act of cultural vandalism", and it seems that increasingly more
listeners, commentators, music industry sorts and musicians are falling
over themselves to make their displeasure known. Perhaps ironically
What's worth bearing in mind here is that these are currently only proposals put forward by the Director General. Powerful though he may be, he answers to the BBC Trust, who in turn answer to the licence payers, and it's now down to them - to us - to make the final decision.
So if you want to save 6music, you need to let the BBC Trust know how
you feel. If enough people do the same, there's a very good chance the
station could be saved. There are several ways you can do this - there
are Facebook groups and online petitions, but the most effective way
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For what it's worth, here's what I've sent this to the BBC Trust, via e-mail. It's written in my best "disgusted of Tunbridge Wells" voice but bear in mind that I tend to be overly-verbose and I'm sure a short and to-the-point e-mail would suffice.
I just wanted to say how saddened I am to hear that
the Director General, Mark Thompson, has apparently failed to grasp
the value of 6music. There seem to be a mass of contradictions in his
reasons for wanting to close the station down, based somewhere between
a notion of
In the case of the former, it seems shocking for
a man paid over £800,000 per year to describe a high-quality national
radio station with a running cost of only £9 million per year
as being poor value for money. Factor in the current £100 million
overspend on the new Broadcasting House building (which would have paid
In the case of the latter argument, I say, tish and
fipsy. There is no other station like 6music in the World, and certainly
not one which caters to people such as myself with a genuinely broad
musical tastes with such admirable consistency. A commercial station
with the same remit would flounder for a number of reasons, not just
I love the BBC, Im proud of the BBC and as
a licence-payer, I do not feel that it is unreasonable to expect that
the BBC should feel proud to represent me. Between BBC Four, BBC News
24 and especially 6music, I had in recent times begun to finally feel
represented as a listener and viewer, as a licence payer and, through
the awareness that other
I sincerely hope that the BBC Trust will rule against the proposed closure of this vital radio station.
Read about Mark Thompson's proposed cuts here:
BBC Trust confirm that they are open to a "rethink":
Phill Jupitus' Guardian comment on Thompson's proposed act of
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