On Monday 22d March 2010 – John Smith, of The Musicians’ Union, spoke at the parliamentary reception to save 6 Music and the Asian Network. The reception was addressed by John Grogan MP, Luke Crawley, AGS BECTU, Jeremy Dear GS NUJ and Andy Prodger AGS Equity. John Smith made the following points:
BBC gets good value for money from 6 music – fifth of Radio 1 budget
It is the duty of the main public service broadcaster to support niche genres and help develop unsigned indie acts – BBC shouldn’t compete with the commercial market
6 music has over 200 live music sessions archived on its website – Madness to Camera Obscura; The Zutons to Kate Nash. This is a fantastic resource and has by and large replaced the live music sessions specially recorded for Radio 1
Asian network is the only national outlet for Asian musicians. Instead of closing it the BBC should expand and open more digital stations to cover ethnic and niche genres
Everyone should respond to the BBC Trust’s public consultation which is available directly from their website. The closing date is 25th May 2010.
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