BBC confirms 6 Music and Asian Network are facing closure

Director General Mark Thompson sends strategic review to BBC Trust

BBC Director General Mark Thompson has confirmed that the corporation is suggesting closing radio stations 6 Music and Asian Network.

Speaking to BBC employees, Thompson confirmed details for the corporation’s strategic review, much of which was leaked to The Times newspaper last week (February 26) . He also confirmed that teen programmes such as Blast! and BBC Switch should be closed, and that the BBC should lose half the number of its website pages by 2013, reports BBC News.

Thompson added that the earliest 6 Music and Asian Network could close would be at the end of 2011.

The strategic review has now been submitted to the BBC Trust, the members of which will make a final decision on each of the review’s points after a period of public consultation.

Thompson said that the changes – if supported by the Trust – would generate an extra £600 million for the corporation to use on programme-making. He also outlined future plans to spend 90p of every licence fee pound on programming.

Thousands of 6 Music and Asian Network fans have signed petitions to try and save the stations from being axed, with musicians including David Bowie also showing their support.