This is a short post to say, very simply, thank you. I've had a chance to catch up on your comments this morning and I am really grateful to so many of you for taking the time to get in touch.

Having set out proposals which included closing some much-loved services, I am not surprised that some of our plans have provoked a strong reaction. From what I've read, I don't see there's much I can add to what I've said previously about specific proposals linked to 6 Music or the Asian Network or what my colleagues Tim Davie and John Tate have posted over the week.

But I would like to reinforce a few points about the overall strategy - as I think it's really important people do not lose sight of the fact that our plans are about safeguarding the future of the whole BBC. Because the BBC's contribution to UK culture and society is bigger than the sum of its parts.

As a public institution we have a very clear public mission which we must fulfil to justify our existence. For us to be confident and ambitious into the digital future, we must be consistent in delivering that mission. And after a very comprehensive piece of work, I am convinced we need to make some changes to how we operate to guarantee consistency in the future.

Whilst I believe our proposals are right, it is also absolutely right that the people who own and pay for the BBC get their say before final decisions are made.

Now is your opportunity to get involved. The BBC Trust - our governing body - wants your input so they can take it into account when judging our proposals. We will forward your comments to the Trust, but if you really want to be heard you should also visit their site and complete the consultation.

As I said in my post on Tuesday:

"My ambition is for us to become more confident and proud of the fact that we exist to be different. Our purpose is not to make money, it is to enrich people's lives by capturing the essence of Britain today and making sure everyone can access excellence in programmes and content whoever they are."

And my ambition is for the whole BBC to be held up as meeting this vision, not just bits of it. The proposals I set out on Tuesday are just the start of an exciting new chapter for the BBC.

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  • Comment number 109. Posted by expert5

    on 16 Feb 2011 14:27

    In an ideal world the BBC should get rid of Radio 1 as it symbolises everything that is wrong with music radio today. Full of grossly overpaid, egotistical, unfunny, bland people who think talking over songs is a good thing and airplay lists consisting of only the most over-hyped music around. Ok so I have never listened to 6 Music in my

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  • Comment number 108. Posted by Quintus Slide

    on 25 May 2010 22:14

    The silence is impressive. As per usual, it appears that the BBC Board assume that they can continue with a patronising, dismissive approach to the listener and viewer - but this approach doesn't do much for credibility. We have Mr Thompson, Ms Thomson and Mr Davie all on-message, all allegedly posting and then allowing the responses to demonstrate the utter vacuity and intellectual weakness of their arguments.

    Hopefully the National Audit Office will find out just what value such a large number of managers add to the BBC. Perhaps Mr Thompson could comment on whether he could live with a salary cap in line with that proposed by the new government for other publicly-funded organisations - or whether he will go one better and reduce the top pay in the BBC to ten times that of the lowest-paid employee. It's a public service, after all.

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  • Comment number 107. Posted by Richard West

    on 13 May 2010 23:19

    Matthew Bannister - a man who really understands radio, where are you?

    Please step into Tim Davie's shoes!

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  • Comment number 106. Posted by Richard West

    on 13 May 2010 23:16

    At comment 95, love6music (now banned from this blog we understand for doing SO much for the save 6Music campaign) said:

    "Is it cynical of me to conclude that The Times Online giving away a free download of a world class BBC show, The Thick of It, to subscribers to their pay-wall is a clear indication of a new working relationship between the BBC and Murdoch?"

    No, it's not cynical, it's "the new politics" - it's a Murdoch/BBC coalition now. Note I put Murdoch first.

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  • Comment number 105. Posted by Richard West

    on 13 May 2010 23:12

    This has been an utter PR nightmare for you and we will continue to dig in our heels until we get our way.

    We've won. Deal with it. Save 6Music and then think seriously if you, and particularly 4 other key members of your team, actually understand what the BBC is for.

    You CANNOT now close 6 music. The 300,000 listeners were added in March only - 300K in one month.

    Nobody, absolutely nobody outside your little bubble supports your position.

    Shut BBC3 - it's disgusting and an affront to the BBC brand.

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  • Comment number 104. Posted by Mike, Wivenhoe

    on 13 May 2010 12:34

    I will, if I may, quote the comments on the Guardian Media site:

    Every excuse the BBC Executive has given for the closure has been proven incorrect.

    The BBC Trust's review of the station supported its existance but the big-wigs at the Beeb decided they knew best. At no point did they interact with 6Music listeners and they are now ignoring all complaints.

    A commercial company would not treat its customers like this, so it's shameful that these people are publicly funded.

    6 Music is saved, because if the proposals aren't dropped, the campaign will turn to getting the BBC Board removed. It's a lose/lose situation for the BBC Board and today offers them their last chance to reverse this decision with any dignity.

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  • Comment number 103. Posted by Andy Parsnip

    on 13 May 2010 11:55

    It's all well and good saying the public want 6Music to stay, but what about the BBC Board? No-one ever asks us for our opinion. So to clarify:

    We are axing 6Music because:

    We don't like or understand the music on there.
    None of our friends listen to it.
    We don't get any back-handers or free trips from small independent record labels.
    Politicians don't listen to it so we won't upset them.
    Most Daily Mail readers don't listen to 6Music and everything is geared to keeping them happy these days.
    We may bleat on about culture, but we actually mean high-brow culture.
    We don't like the sort of left-wing rabble that 6Music attracts.

    I hope this clears up everything. It really is very bothersome that you keep asking all these questions you know. We're very busy people you know.

    Taxi!

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  • Comment number 102. Posted by cookingwith7

    on 13 May 2010 10:19

    Dear Mark,

    The public have spoken. They want 6 Music to stay. You represent public service broadcasting. Join the dots please.

    Thank you

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  • Comment number 101. Posted by PieLad

    on 13 May 2010 10:05

    The Guardian - "With more than a million listeners [6Music] now has half the audience of BBC Radio 3 on about a sixth of the budget. Director general Mark Thompson said 6 Music wasn't value for money. It is now."

    We're not asking you to shut Radio 3 Mark, quite the opposite, we think it's very important. Please just recognise that 6 music has just as much cultural value as Radio 3 and has much more in common with that station than the likes of Radios 1/2.

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  • Comment number 100. Posted by colin phipps

    on 13 May 2010 09:40

    I would like to applaud the BBC in its brilliant strategy of bringing 6 Music to a wider audience, over 1 million listeners, up nearly 50% in one quarter and cost per listener down about third. Mark Thompson and Tim Davie you must be feeling a little smug today.

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