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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by Richard BBC (U14144433) on Sunday, 10th February 2013

    Hello. I’m Senior Producer in the online team here at BBC 6 Music, and I oversee our website and digital content elsewhere on the web.

    Today we’re announcing the closure of the two BBC message boards belonging to 6 Music for Gideon Coe’s show and the Freak Zone.

    Both boards will close at midday on Monday 25 February.

    We care passionately about interacting with our listeners and giving people a platform to share their opinions. However, as you may have noticed, it’s pretty quiet on these boards, and has been for some time.

    So, in line with other areas of the BBC, we are moving away from hosting message boards and focussing on social networking spaces like and If you don’t already like and follow us there, please do get involved and join in the conversation.

    Thank you all for your participation.

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  • Message 2

    , in reply to message 1.

    Posted by woodnorton (U3135956) on Sunday, 10th February 2013

    Thanks Richard. Must admit I've not used the boards for a while. Can I ask a question if you oversee the website, which is why you don't link to the webcams any more? I did enjoy seeing what is happening. The new platform for the web pages can support a webcam icon alongside listen live and contact to the left of the picture as far as I can tell from other stations. Could you put it back on 6? I liked it with the popout and choice of 2 cams and the Hub.

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  • Message 3

    , in reply to message 2.

    Posted by Richard BBC (U14144433) on Sunday, 10th February 2013

    Hi Woodnorton. Good question. When the 6 Music homepage changed to become part of BBC iPlayer Radio, we took the decision to remove the webcam for 'desktop' users as the technology was getting on a bit and the image quality sub-par. Furthermore, only a small proportion of our site visitors used the webcam. Instead we've focussed more on photographing events in the studio more, and also bringing you video content where possible. That's not to say we won't bring back some kind of studio webcam in future, of course. By the way, you might be interested to know we have left the webcam as an option for those visiting from a mobile device. Hope that helps.

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  • Message 4

    , in reply to message 3.

    Posted by woodnorton (U3135956) on Monday, 11th February 2013

    Thanks very much for the response. Please do bear it in mind for the future!

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  • Message 5

    , in reply to message 1.

    Posted by pawncob (U10777190) on Thursday, 14th February 2013

    Very soon there won't be any discussion about the BBC on any message boards. Goodbye Archers (not enough contributors- I know many board modders who's kill for over 1000 contributors). Goodbye Radio 6- well to be honest I only came across it by accident because I wanted to discuss the reasons behind re-recording Please Please Me, so I won't really miss it.
    What ARE the Beeb going to spend what's left of our £4 billion pounds a year on?

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  • Message 6

    , in reply to message 5.

    Posted by The Leech Pedlar (U15129703) on Thursday, 14th February 2013

    As the Beeb does away with the discussion boards, they shouldn't be that surprised that the listeners do away with listening.

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  • Message 7

    , in reply to message 6.

    Posted by Tinsnail_Racer (U1486682) on Sunday, 17th February 2013

    Indeed. Especially if the inanity that passes for listener interaction (such as "send us photos of your bed hair") continues........

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  • Message 8

    , in reply to message 7.

    Posted by The Leech Pedlar (U15129703) on Sunday, 17th February 2013

    I don't think the BBC suit, they put up on the Feedback programme (if you didn't hear it, it's available to listen again), was particularly informative. He failed to answer what were really quite straightforward questions, showing no real interest in engaging with the listeners representatives - those in the studio or on the phone.

    It was a display of ill-informed arrogance towards who as Roger Bolton (the presenter) said, paid his wages.

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  • Message 9

    , in reply to message 8.

    Posted by tolhurst (U14241236) on Tuesday, 19th February 2013

    Thanks for letting us know.

    Gid's board has been the scene of a lot of fun over the years, not least because the only posts we have seen from other users are related only to music and Gid's show.

    I often find myself [internet search engine]ing for stuff and find the answer here.

    I think it would be a marvellous resource for the BBC's users for the closed message board to remain searchable to give us things like the source of the Ivor the Engine theme and what songs have station announcements in them.

    It's what Lord Reith would have wanted.

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  • Message 10

    , in reply to message 9.

    Posted by Tinsnail_Racer (U1486682) on Tuesday, 19th February 2013

    < It's what Lord Reith would have wanted >

    Sound like an outbreak of stuff on the Archers board a few years ago....

    (ihavegivenupihavegivenupihavegivenup.....) (apart from the music one)

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  • Message 11

    , in reply to message 10.

    Posted by Mozoreborn (U15625203) on Thursday, 21st February 2013

    I remember a time in days of yore
    When the message boards were so much more

    Days of discourse with banter and pun
    It really was a lot of fun

    But then the BEEB with fist of steel
    Put the cosh on comments real

    They only wanted praise and pats
    No more could users simply chat

    So one by one they blocked IDs
    And brought the boards right to their knees

    Users who had much to say
    Were simply told to go away

    And when the boards they finally broke
    Old Auntie mused why no one spoke

    Seemed not to see the deed she'd done
    By finally silencing everyone

    And claimed that there was no more need
    Of messageboards or feedback free

    As worlds embraced the media new
    Old Auntie took a different view

    She stopped all talk both fair and cruel
    With obfuscation by house rule

    Those contributions from the loyal
    In moderation she'd embroil

    As prophecy was self-fulfilled
    The messageboards she finally killed

    And those who once had given toss
    Had all been told to boogie off

    A sadder day we may not rue
    With virtual chums that we once knew

    We bid farewell to mod and ban
    and travel to a different land

    Where now we speak on books of face
    And twit and blog all over the place

    But won't forget the time's we scored
    A hit upon the messageboard

    Those days are gone but friends remain
    Much as it is to BEEBs disdain

    We still support, we still decry
    But do it with a weather eye

    On those who'd seek to close down chatter
    And miss the things that really matter

    The Messageboards were so much more
    Than Auntie BEEB gave credit for

    Mozo signing off – over and out

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  • Message 12

    , in reply to message 11.

    Posted by The Leech Pedlar (U15129703) on Friday, 22nd February 2013

    Excellent. I've posted a link to this over on the Archers MB.

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  • Message 13

    , in reply to message 11.

    Posted by tolhurst (U14241236) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    The message board of Gideon Coe
    Was THE place for duffers to go.
    They there filled their heads
    With stuff about sheds
    And great music that came from the show!

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  • Message 14

    , in reply to message 13.

    Posted by Obesity_Cow (U15627458) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Are they closing it down? Oh dear. I suppose that's what people like to do these days. Have we milked it for every last drop?

    When it's closed, can I have a nice sit down?

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  • Message 15

    , in reply to message 14.

    Posted by usernamefood (U15217708) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    I will create a board for you here:

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