Interim report into digital station's worth is published

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The [b]BBC Trust[/b] says it has opted to save BBC 6Music from closure, after performing an initial investigation into the digital future of the corporation.

[b]BBC Trust Chairman Sir Michael Lyons[/b] set out the first findings of the [b]Trust[/b]’s [b]Strategy Review[/b] today (July 5), with the results available to view at BBC.co.uk.

In the report, it states that the future of [b]6Music[/b] – whose presenters include [b]Jarvis Cocker[/b] – is assured, although it adds that if the [b]BBC[/b]’s stance on digital radio was to change, then further reappraisal could be still be sought.

“The [b]Trust[/b] concludes that, as things stand, the case has not been made for the closure of [b]6Music[/b]. The [b]Executive[/b] should draw up an overarching strategy for digital radio,” they wrote. “If the [b]Director General[/b] wanted to propose a different shape for the [b]BBC[/b]’s music radio stations as part of a new strategy, the [b]Trust[/b] would consider it.”

However, the fate of another station, the [b]Asian Network[/b], still hangs in the balance, according to the report.

It states: “The [b]Trust[/b] would consider a formal proposal for the closure of the [b]Asian Network[/b], although this must include a proposition for meeting the needs of the station’s audience in different ways.”

The interim conclusions will be followed by a final report to be published by the [b]Trust[/b] in the autumn.

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