The week 6 Music almost died
Hundreds of articles and blog posts were posted, and each day brought a new hope that the BBC might save 6 Music after all. Then Tim Davie wrote a blog titled "it has to go".
Everyone from to Tony Horne to Lily Allen have had their say on the possible closure of BBC 6 Music, but will the decision stay the same after a 12 week review?
"I do not believe that offering the current range of nine stand-alone digital networks is the right way to serve audiences and ensure radio remains strong in a digital world," said Davie in a blog post on Thursday.
He also echoed the thoughts of [link=https://radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.5421]many[/link] industry [link=https://radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.5676]leaders[/link] and [link=https://radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.5609]bloggers[/link] that the developement of digital radio remains slow.
Lots of musicians have spoken out about the possible closure – including David Bowie, Mark Ronson, Cerys Matthews and Radiohead's Ed O'Brien. Lily Allen, watching the BBC DG Mark Thompson on Newsnight on Tuesday wasn't impressed either, tweeting: "hmmmmmmm, mark thompson. squirmy wormy. stutter stutter."
Whilst much support has been shown for 6 Music, the Guardian asks [link=http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2010/mar/03/asian-network-campaign-save]Where's the Save Asian Network campaign?[/link] Just because the audience doesn't make up the bulk of Twitter's clients, doesn't mean to say people don't care about it.
The newspaper also wrote about how the two stations cost the BBC nearly £100m over their lives, with that figure split 60/40 in favour of the Asian Network.
But all talk at the moment is speculation – maybe the BBC will perform the biggest U-turn in history and after their 12 week Strategy Review actually hold their hands up and admit a mistake. Maybe? You can help by telling them exactly what you think, by clicking [link=https://consultations.external.bbc.co.uk/departments/bbc/bbc-strategy-review/consultation/consult_view]here[/link].
One things for sure – the BBC as we know it will look and sound a lot different in two years time.