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Monday, 5th July 2010
BBC told to rethink its plans for digital radio as 6 music is saved

The BBC Trust has rejected management plans to close 6 music, following a three-month public consultation.

In its interim report, the Trust indicated it had received more than 37,000 responses focusing on BBC 6 music and more than 25,000 e-mails on the subject of its closure.

In its findings, the Trust did not identify 6 music's service as a threat to commercial radio stations, provided it stayed within it remit for providing a distinctive music service.

The radio station was the subject of a number of online campaigns and lobbying organised through social networking sites to save it from closure.

BBC 6 music is shortly to become the only national DAB digital radio station playing alternative and indie music, following the recent announcement that NME Radio is set to close.

A national radio station on DAB, Amazing Radio, plays unsigned alternative and indie music bands.

Despite a reprieve for the digital music station, 6 music, the future is not looking rosy for BBC Asian Network on national digital radio: the national station will refocus on its regional roots by the end of 2011. The station began life on several BBC local radio mediumwave frequencies in the nineties and will continue on to be heard these frequencies when the national DAB station closes: East Midlands (837), West Midlands (1458 and 828), Beds Bucks and Herts (630 and 1161), Derbyshire (1116), Blackburn and Preston (855), Peterborough (1449), Sheffield (1035) and Leeds/Bradford (774).

View a range of DAB digital radios on which to listen to the BBC's digital radio stations, as well as a host of commercial stations.


                           

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