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on newsnight now
and the figures don't add up
by all means shut it if you can't afford it because it gets no listeners
but to say that there is a viable commercial alternative (or, the existance of 6music stops one from starting) is fucking mental
other than putting together a mix of music somewhere between Radios 1 and 2, in spirit if not in specific artists featured (although there's a lot of crossover there as well with yer Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding lot). In terms of fringe shows it's a bit more isolated, but you could argue that Radio 1 at non-peak times provides plenty of underground/"alternative" music in itself.
And though we know the figures for weekly listening of 6music, we don't know how that's split between shows. If the fringe ones get nothing and the primetime ones get the bulk (but without providing something unique to the station) then you can understand where the BBC is coming from
there are perhaps 2 or 3 tracks on there that will have been played somewhere else on uk radio today, and if they have been, it will have been radio 1. you know as well as i do that that isn't a mix in the spirit of radios 1 and 2. coldplay + kings of leon does not equal llyod cole and the commotions. Even if it *did*, then surely that fills some of the gap left by the aged 16-25 radio 1 target and 45-80 radio 2 target?
whether or not those specific tracks would be played, i don't think the general feel of the music played is significantly different to what's covered in part by the other BBC stations, as well as things like NME Radio etcetera. But here it makes up the majority of the playlist rather than just a rotating segment of it. It is, in effect, a slightly more indie version of what's played elsewhere, something which to a casual observer isn't especially noticeable.
And to be honest, you're barking up the wrong tree by focussing on Radio 1. Daytime 6music is closer in spirit to Radio 2 than anything else.
but i think i'm right when i say sacking off 2 niche stations that cost fuck all to run, but keeping all the other big fuck off money munchers spread over most other parts of the bbc that serve no unique purpose, is flawed logic.
if axeing it is all about saving money then cutting 6music is going to make naff all difference. if it's about improving quality and diversity then axeing it is going to make naff all difference
tis a bit like Fat Office Woman refusing a chocolate biscuit with "no, i really shouldn't" before popping open her second pack of Pringles
i'm the average listener of 6music, if i went on newsnight i wouldn't have much to contribute
paxman should read televesion listings more often
but then it panned out to reveal another three guests :(
Adam Buxton offered him out for a fight.
and the pilots for their mostly horrendous new sitcoms to BBC2 then drop BBC3.
Does Radio 1 extra still exist?
Does anyone anywhere listen to Radio 7?
Apparently the Asian Network has a larger listenership than any of the 'quality' newspapers have circulation.
I don't know about 6Music but surely Asian Network has got the numbers (and purpose) to justify it's existence.
asian (whatever that means) radio stations up and down the country already. They have definitely been hit by the setting up of the BBC Asian station.