The Prime Minister Gordon Brown has told the Radio Times that he is supporting the campaign to save BBC 6 Music from closure.
The Prime Minister Gordon Brown has told the Radio Times that he is supporting the campaign to save BBC 6 Music from closure. The BBC is planning to close 6 Music, along with the Asian Network, has part of a bigger overhaul of BBC services which will see scale backs in certain areas in order for the corporation to reinvest money into original programming – such as drama and comedy. However, the plans to close the two radio stations came under fire also immediately with campaigns launched and high-profile figures coming out to save both stations. The latest supporter of 6 Music is now the current Prime Minister and Brown told the Radio Times the BBC shouldn’t have succumbed to pressure to cut services.
“I think, personally, that the BBC should not have succumbed to pressure to cut certain things – but they have,” When asked if he was behind the campaign to save the Radio Station he added “Yes because it’s the next stage you worry about. The Conservatives have said that they’ll hive off Radio 1. A lot of things that the BBC does are incredibly creative and quite risky. But this is a necessary means of us being a creative society. I want to safeguard the independence of the BBC and I think the licence fee is the means by which you do it.” – Prime Minister Gordon Brown quoted in Radio Times
The BBC was accused by some of appeasing a future Tory government and the Murdoc Empire by announcing the cut backs. However, while Tory MP Ed Vaziey initially supported the closure of 6 Music within the space of a weekend he did a U-Turn following angry protestors – Vaizey came out in support of the digital radio station. Around 8000 people are believed to have protested to the BBC over the planned closures and a further 100,000 people are thought to have filled out the BBC Trust’s questionnaire on the planned cut backs.