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*Network Controller: [[Bob Shennan]]<ref>[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7853040.stm "Shennan becomes head of Radio 2"], BBC News, Tuesday, 27 January 2009. "Bob Shennan has been appointed the new controller of BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, succeeding Lesley Douglas who resigned over the Russell Brand affair."</ref>
 
*Network Controller: [[Bob Shennan]]<ref>[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7853040.stm "Shennan becomes head of Radio 2"], BBC News, Tuesday, 27 January 2009. "Bob Shennan has been appointed the new controller of BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, succeeding Lesley Douglas who resigned over the Russell Brand affair."</ref>
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BBC 6 Music
BBC 6 Music logo
Broadcast area United Kingdom - Nationally via Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB)
Frequency DAB: 12B
Freeview: 707
Freesat: 707
Sky: 0120
Virgin Media: 909
TalkTalk TV: 632
UPC Ireland: 912
BBC iPlayer
First air date 11 March 2002
Format Classic rock
Alternative rock
Indie rock
Funk
Jazz
Hip hop
Owner BBC
Website www.bbc.co.uk/6music/

BBC 6 Music [1] is one of the BBC's digital radio stations, launched on 11 March 2002 and originally codenamed Network Y.[2][3][4] It was the first national music radio station to be launched by the BBC in 32 years.

It is available only on digital media: DAB radio, the Internet, digital television, and in northern Europe through the Astra 2A satellite. The station plays "alternative" genres of music, including indie, classic rock, punk, jazz, funk, hip hop and classic dance. It is claimed to be an alternative to the mainstream, chart oriented Radio 1 and Radio 2, but operates a playlist of similar 'A/B/C' structure to Radio 1.[5][6]

6 Music features BBC music archives (including the "Peel Sessions" put together by John Peel from the late 1960s to his death).

In February 2010 both The Guardian and The Times reported that the BBC intended to close 6 Music. [7][8] This was confirmed on 2 March 2010 by the Director General of the BBC.[9]

History

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The second version of the original BBC 6 Music logo. The logo used at launch was in green and blue colors, as opposed to the all-blue version seen here.

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BBC 6 Music was proposed in October 2000 as a "digital-only" radio station and named "Network Y".[10] ("Network X" became BBC 1Xtra and "Network Z" BBC 7).[11]

The station opened at 7am, Monday, 11 March 2002, with a show presented by Phill Jupitus. At the start-up, presenters included Liz Kershaw, Andrew Collins, Tom Robinson, Janice Long, Chris Hawkins, Gary Burton, Craig Charles, Stuart Maconie, Brinsley Forde, Suggs, Clare McDonnell, Bruce Dickinson, Tracey MacLeod, Sean Hughes, and Bob Harris.[12]

6 Music attracted criticism for changing daytime schedules during late 2007 and early 2008.[13][14] In response, Lesley Douglas, Controller of BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music at the time, said that the changes were intended to attract more female listeners. She claimed that men listened to music in an intellectual way while women were more emotionally attached. This in turn brought on more criticism of perceived sexism on Douglas' part.[15]

In March 2006, BBC 6 Music moved from Broadcasting House to new studios in the adjacent Western House.[16]

Nominations and awards

Several of BBC 6 Music's presenters and shows have won Sony Radio Academy Awards. In 2006 presenter Marc Riley won a Silver award for The Music Radio Personality of the Year.[17]

In April 2008, comedy duo Adam and Joe's 6 Music Saturday morning show won the Broadcasting Press Guild award for Radio Programme of the Year.[18] George Lamb also won the Sony 'Rising Star' award.

In May 2009, Adam and Joe won three Sony Radio Silver awards.[19]

Ratings and listenership

In February 2010, 6 Music was reported as showing growth in its audience, winning an audience of 695,000 listeners, up 12.3% year-on-year.[20] However, in the quarter to December 2009, its 'reach' (proportion of the adult population who listen for at least 5 minutes in the course of an average week) was 1%, and Total Survey Area share (of total listening time) was 0.4%.[21]

According to the BBC's service review of Radio 2 and 6 Music, published in February 2010, the average age of 6 Music listeners is 36, which it considers too low. The review implied that the deficiency in appeal to female listeners apparent in 2007 was still in existence, and that there should be changes to attract more listeners from ethnic minorities and lower income groups.[22] However, the review did not give details of the scale of these issues.

Press coverage

In 2007 BBC 6 Music was in the press because of scandals over rigged competitions. It emerged that in 2006 the Liz Kershaw Show faked a competition by using producers and their friends as 'competition winners', leading to the firing of a junior producer.[23] On September 20, 2007, it was announced that the Head of Programmes, Ric Blaxill, had "resigned".[24]

In May 2008 George Lamb was reprimanded for using his programme to back Conservative candidate Boris Johnson for London mayor.[25]

Proposed closure

In February 2010, in anticipation of a review by the BBC Trust, newspaper reports suggested 6 Music might be axed.[26] The review stopped short of recommending closure but noted that only one in five UK residents were aware the station existed, and that it lacked presenters with credibility as music experts.[27] The Times claimed Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC, proposed closure as part of a bid to scale back BBC operations and allow commercial rivals more room.[28] A high profile campaign to oppose closure of the station attracted media attention and led to "#SaveBBC6Music" quickly becoming a trending topic on Twitter.[29] In The Guardian, BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Chris Addison was quoted as saying: "6 Music serves a minority interest, does it? Then it's heartland BBC. Leave it a-fucking-lone".[30] Ed Vaizey, shadow culture minister, implied that closure of 6 Music would be "intelligent and sensible".[31] However, he later changed his mind after listening to 6 Music, saying "it is brilliant with a passionate and articulate fan base." [32] Clive Dickens, chief operating officer of Absolute Radio, said that his company would be interested in buying 6 Music and could run it more efficiently than the BBC.[33]

On 2 March 2010, Mark Thompson confirmed that a proposal to close the station had been presented to the BBC Trust. He did not provide a specific date for when this might occur but said it would be no earlier than the end of 2011.[34]

6 Music presenter Cerys Matthews has written an editorial on the subject in the Daily Telegraph.[35] She joins Adam Buxton, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson in her opposition to the closure.[36][37][38][39]. Former 6 Music presenter Phill Jupitus claimed: "The end of 6 Music at this moment in the BBC's history is not only an act of cultural vandalism, it's also an affront to the memory of John Peel and a slap in the face to thousands of licence-payers."[40] Several musicians have also expressed concern over the closure including Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien,[41] producer Mark Ronson, Lily Allen (who wrote an editorial in the Guardian about the closure)[42] and David Bowie.[43]

Station management

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Presenters and shows

Current

Past

See also

Notes

  1. ^ In 2008 the radio station was re-branded as 'BBC Radio 6 Music' along with BBC Radio 7, but is still referred to as 'BBC 6 Music' in the 2008/2009 BBC Annual Report and Accounts (p.57)
  2. ^ BBC, "Launch date for BBC digital radio", January 17, 2002.
  3. ^ Jane Robins (19 January 2001), BBC plans to spend £313m on digital radio and TV channels, The Independent 
  4. ^ BBC, "BBC Proposed New Services", 2001.
  5. ^ "Radio 1 playlist". BBC. 
  6. ^ "6 Music playlist". BBC. 
  7. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/feb/26/bbc-media-radio-internet-website "BBC 'to axe radio stations and halve website' in strategic review" 2010-02-26 Retrieved 2010-02-26
  8. ^ http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/media/article7041944.ece "BBC signals an end to era of expansion" 2010-02-26 Retrieved 2010-02-260
  9. ^ "BBC 6 Music and Asian Network face axe in shake-up". BBC News. 2001-03-02. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  10. ^ BBC News Release, "Licence payers consulted on new BBC radio and television services", October 2000.
  11. ^ BBC Annual Report & Review 2000-2001. Confer section on Future Plans: Introduction & New Services.
  12. ^ BBC 6 Music website list of presenters in 2002
  13. ^ Lesley Douglas defends 6Music changes
  14. ^ 6Music: Leading the fight or losing its way?
  15. ^ http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/02/women_men_music.html
  16. ^ BBC site about Western House
  17. ^ Sony Radio Academy Music Awards 2006
  18. ^ http://www.broadcastingpressguild.org/?p=176
  19. ^ http://www.adamandjoe.com/2009/05/12/adam-and-joe-scoop-three-silvers-at-the-sony-radio-awards/
  20. ^ "Jazz FM, 6Music and Radio 7 are bright spots amid digital radio's gloom" Retrieved on 2010-02-22
  21. ^ "Quarterly Listening, All Individuals 15+ for period ending December 2009". Rajar. 
  22. ^ "Service review of Radio 2 and 6 Music". BBC. 
  23. ^ Andrew Pierce and Andrew Porter (20 September 2007). "BBC staff face sack in cheat inquiry". Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 25 September 2009. 
  24. ^ "BBC 6 Music head resigns following 'serious' editorial breaches". Daily Mail. London. September 20, 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2009. 
  25. ^ Paul McNally (13 May 2008). "6Music's Lamb warned over Boris gaffe". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 20 May 2008. 
  26. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/feb/10/bbc-radio "Pass notes No 2,727: BBC 6 Music. Is there any truth in the rumours that the BBC might axe 6 Music?" Retrieved 22 February 2010
  27. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/organgrinder/2010/feb/15/radio2-6music-organ-grinder "How can Radio 2 get its older listeners back – and who should 6Music hire?" Retrieved 22 February 2010
  28. ^ "BBC signals an end to era of expansion" 2010-02-26 Retrieved 2010-02-260
  29. ^ [1] "Why everyone wants to #saveBBC6music" 2010-02-26 Retrieved 2010-02-27
  30. ^ "BBC 6 Music: opposition grows over closure threat" 2010-02-26 Retrieved 2010-02-26
  31. ^ "Shadow culture minister Ed Vaizey welcomes proposals for BBC cuts". The Guardian. 2010-02-26. 
  32. ^ "Conservative Ed Vaizey makes BBC 6music U-turn". The Metro. 2010-03-02. 
  33. ^ "Rival to BBC Radio 6 floats bid after leak of cuts plan". The Times. 2010-02-26. 
  34. ^ "BBC 6 Music and Asian Network face axe in shake-up". BBC News. 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  35. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/7377630/Save-6-Music-says-Cerys-Matthews.html
  36. ^ "BBC drops 6 Music and Asian Network". Channel 4 News / ITN. 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  37. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/feb/28/fight-to-save-6-music
  38. ^ http://goingdeafforaliving.com/blog/35/6music
  39. ^ http://freshonthenet.co.uk/2010/03/12/centres-of-excellence/
  40. ^ "Killing BBC 6 Music would be a slap in the face to licence-payers". 
  41. ^ http://www.spinnermusic.co.uk/2010/03/05/radiohead-guitarist-joins-calls-to-save-bbc-6-music/
  42. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/mar/02/lily-allen-6-music-bbc
  43. ^ http://www.spinnermusic.co.uk/2010/03/02/david-bowie-bbc-6-music/
  44. ^ "Shennan becomes head of Radio 2", BBC News, Tuesday, 27 January 2009. "Bob Shennan has been appointed the new controller of BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, succeeding Lesley Douglas who resigned over the Russell Brand affair."

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