February 26, 2010 12:09

BBC 'to axe 6 Music and Asian Network', claims leaked report

Corporation says newspaper report is 'speculation'

BBC 'to axe 6 Music and Asian Network', claims leaked report
The BBC is planning to axe radio stations 6 Music and Asian Network as part of a strategic rethink, according to a report that appeared in The Times today (February 26).

Set to be officially announced next month, the newspaper report quotes BBC Trust sources as saying that the corporation will focus on quality over quantity in future, and also states that the BBC website will halve its pages.

A BBC spokeswoman said she would not comment on "speculation", reports BBC News.

Almost 60,000 people have joined a Facebook petition striving to save 6 Music from closure. The station's presenters include Lauren Laverne (pictured) and Steve Lamacq.

According to The Times, next month's report will see Director General Mark Thompson announce that the license fee-funded BBC needs to shrink in order to give its commercial rivals more opportunity to grow.

Teenage-oriented operations such as BBC Switch and Blast! are also expected to close, while the report states that the corporation will cut its staff by 25 percent.

Although 6 Music could close, according to the newspaper report, Radio 2 will be told to broadcast more documentaries and comedy shows.

Following the article, a campaign to save 6 Music has gathered steam on Twitter, with users showing their support for the station by posting #saveBBC6music on the service, while David Bowie backed the station, declaring: "6Music keeps the spirit of broadcasters like John Peel alive and for new artists to lose this station would be a great shame."

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