BBC 6Music saved form closure in temporary reprieve

Interim report into digital station's worth is published

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

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

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

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

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

It states: “The Trust would consider a formal proposal for the closure of the Asian Network, 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 Trust in the autumn.

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