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Politicians to face music

6 Music to host live debate on the future of the industry

  • 28/04/2010
  • Rodrigo Davies
John Whittingdale, Margaret Hodge and Don Foster

With a week to go until the general election, representatives of the three main political parties will take part in a live debate on the music industry this Friday (30 April), hosted by 6 Music News.

The hour-long programme, presented by Richard Bacon, begins at 3pm.

The debate will cover issues such as piracy and copyright, licensing and ticket touts, the importance of technological innovation and the future of new talent.

Richard will be joined by Conservative former Shadow Culture Media and Sport secretary John Whittingdale, Labour’s Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Margaret Hodge, and the Liberal Democrat Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Don Foster.

Former Undertones frontman and head of industry group UK Music Feargal Sharkey will also be in the studio.

The programme will feature contributions from bands including Doves and Reverend and the Makers, concert promoter Melvyn Benn and Glastonbury Festival organiser, Michael Eavis among many others.

Paul Rodgers, Editor of 6 Music said: "The music industry is incredibly important to millions of people and 6 Music is the natural home for a debate that gets under the skin of the matters that affect both the day-to-day industry and music lovers throughout the UK."

6 Music’s debate on the future of music begins at 3pm on Friday 30th April.

Put the questions you want asked of our prospective political leaders by leaving comments below, via email, or if you're a Twitter user, by adding #6music to  your tweets. We'll be tweeting the best of the debate on the 6 Music News twitter feed.

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