6 Music has been a hot topic since we announced the proposal to close the network in the Strategy Review. The speculation about its future took a new twist over the weekend with a newspaper report that claimed that the network is set to be rebranded as Radio 2 Extra.

Firstly, let me make it clear that, while we have proposed rebranding Radio 7 as Radio 4 Extra, there are no such plans for 6 Music. But I should also explain that the proposals made in the Strategy Review are the first part of a process. The BBC Trust are currently consulting the public on those proposals and nothing will happen until after the consultation is closed.

In my previous blog - here - I outlined the rationale for the closure of 6 Music and said that we will reinvest any funds from the proposed closure of 6 Music in digital radio content. This commitment to digital radio remains and we are looking at a number of ways of doing this. I said we would look at protecting some 6 Music programming by redeploying it elsewhere and considering how we can also do justice to its legacy in areas like new music development. This commitment also remains. But simply rebranding 6 Music as Radio 2 Extra is not one of our plans.

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  • Comment number 420. Posted by Laura Editor

    on 12 Jul 2010 11:26

    Each week, the Radio 4 blog publishes one item from Radio 4's accountability programme Feedback. This week's item concerns the campaign to save 6 Music and features an interview with Peter Croker, one of the key campaigners against the closure of 6 Music.

    You can listen to the interview and make comments on the Radio 4 blog.

  • Comment number 419. Posted by Ivana_Tinkle

    on 8 Jul 2010 12:19

    There's an unpleasant trend in this country that when anything goes wrong sackings and resignations are immediately demanded. This often takes little or no regard of whether these dismissals are warranted or whether the right people are being held to account. However this whole debacle has had Mr Davie's fingerprints on right from the start. His comments throughout this process have been contradictory, patronising and ultimately downright insulting to licence payers.

    What I'd like to say to say to Tim Davie will undoubtedly fall fall of the moderators, so I'll temper my language in the hope this gets through.

    Mr Davie you're not very good at your job.

    Go away.

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  • Comment number 418. Posted by Tramp

    on 6 Jul 2010 07:15

    We would really like Tim's views on the decision to save 6music and the total dismissal of the arguments for closure which he put forward. Also his views on the fact that the BBC announced closure of 6music without any plan for how the distinctive programming could be saved. And the final question it would be good to have his views on is whether a fizzy drink marketer is really a good person to appoint in charge of public service radio.

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  • Comment number 417. Posted by tim brooks

    on 6 Jul 2010 05:18

    Thank you to the Trust for bringing the BBC to its senses, but how could the strategy review team - and glowing endorsements from nearly all the Senior Management - have got it so wrong? This remains very worrying!

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  • Comment number 416. Posted by Robert Arthur

    on 5 Jul 2010 13:50

    My thanks to all who were involved in this decision - not least the many people I would imagine were needed to read and compile the consultation responses!

    In particular, I think the emphasis put on creating safeguards to prevent 6 Music from having an adverse impact on the commercial market is a masterstroke; acknowledging the review's better intentions, providing reassurance to the commercial stations, and probably the very best outcome that listeners such as myself, who love 6 Music precisely because of its eclectic and distinctive output, could have hoped to hear.

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  • Comment number 415. Posted by Clive Bennett

    on 5 Jul 2010 13:34

    Apart from Rob Green deciding to throw the ball into his own net in the match against the USA, there has never been such a notable own goal as the 'Strategy Review'.

    I, and many others, would like to thanks the BBC Trust for their wisdom and common sense.

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  • Comment number 414. Posted by Andy Parsnip

    on 5 Jul 2010 12:54

    I'd just like to add to what Laura has said above.

    It's never easy to face you all and say "I was right" but I feel now is certainly the time. But I think now is the time to show my humble side.

    Some of the campaigners publicly used statistics that were clearly plucked out of the air. Some of you tried to convince the BBC Executive that the listenership figures had changed from the 6,000,000 figure we used, it was only then that I realised my PA had missed a zero out. Then there was the bizarre suggestion that there weren't any other radio stations in the UK. All this talk about unique listeners had me in stitches. There ARE 4,000 ‘unique’ Radio 6 listeners, the other 996,000 are very normal people, but that bit got lost in translation. In the end the desperate campaigners resorted to personal attacks suggesting that we couldn't organise a budget overspend in a committee room. Well, we can and I think we've proved our critics wrong.

    Anyway, that's all water under the bridge. When I wrote the review in March I was under a lot of pressure. It was only yesterday, after re-reading my fantastic document that I realised I'd missed the word "shouldn't" out of the line "We therefore feel that 6 Music be closed as part of our ongoing commitment to quality".

    It was all too late for the Trust unfortunately, as they had responded to the errant sentence. Thus making it look like it wasn't our decision. But it was, so we’re clearly doing a great job.

    The struggle to save 6Radio may be over for now but we now have to focus on an even greater matter. The Save 6Directors campaign is only just beginning. Many have said that the BBC’s portfolio of Directors is too large. That we simply can’t justify having so many popular Directors and that we should allow growth within the commercial sector by freeing up some of our executives so that the BBC can concentrate on producing quality content.

    I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that the brilliant DJ Phil Saturnius himself pointed out that axing 6Directors would be an act of cultural vandalism. 6 BBC Directors cost a fraction of the Fab Radio budget and they provide a distinctive service that just can’t be found anywhere in commercial media, or indeed the world. The wide variety of comedy, alternative thinking and new musings we provide represent the very best value the licence fee can offer. So let’s get behind the campaign to Save 6Managers.

    Now, I’m sure I was supposed to be somewhere…..

    Taxi!

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  • Comment number 413. Posted by j0annepsi

    on 5 Jul 2010 12:08

    Thank you, BBC Trust, for seeing sense and saving 6music.

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  • Comment number 412. Posted by Laura Editor

    on 5 Jul 2010 11:15

    In the summer of 2009 Mark Thompson announced a review of the BBC's strategy. In March 2010, we published the BBC Executive's proposals, and the BBC Trust ran a public consultation which closed on 25 May 2010.

    The Trust has now published its interim conclusions.

  • Comment number 411. Posted by cookingwith7

    on 5 Jul 2010 10:49

    The Trust have spoken - THANK YOU

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