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darcysarto

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6Music Announces 10th Birthday Celebrations
« on: February 06, 2012, 01:50:03 PM »
From MusicWeek: http://www.musicweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=1048398&c=1

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BBC 6 Music is marking its first 10 years on air next month with a series of special broadcasts, including an event at Londons Southbank Centre.

The celebrations will begin on Sunday, March 11 when the digital radio station will feature stand-out moments of its history throughout the day, while between March 12 and 16 presenter Lauren Laverne will come live from the BBCs Maida Vale Studios. Sessions will be held here featuring acts associated with 6 Music, including Spiritualized and Orbital, and these will be available to watch live on the 6 Music website. Additional tracks will also be available to watch online once the radio programme has aired, while the sessions will be on the BBCs Red Button.

At the end of that week, on Friday, March 16, an event will be staged across three of the Southbank Centres stages and include sets from Laura Marling, Lianne La Havas in the Purcell Room, Gruff Rhys, Anna Calvi, Beth Jeans Houghton and The Hooves of Destiny in the Queen Elizabeth Room and special guests throughout the evening. Tickets were made available for the event at 9am on Monday morning via 6 Musics website.

The Front Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall will also be part of the anniversary and will host a non-ticketed free public event featuring live entertainment. However, capacity here will be limited. A programme featuring performances from the Southbank Centre will then be available to watch via the Red Button from March 19 to 26.

Radio 2 and 6 Music controller Bob Shennan said: This has been an incredible first decade for Radio 6 Music. In addition to its recent record listening figures, it has proved itself as a unique and much-loved service and a real showcase for the music that encapsulates the alternative spirit. I am proud that it has played such a key role in encouraging the take-up of digital radio across the nation.

Lauren Laverne added: I love being part of the Radio 6 Music family and its success. Its special radio. Well be featuring some of the stations best music and artists during the anniversary and Im especially looking forward to Maida Vale, where Ill be bringing listeners some amazing live sessions.


You do have to wonder at Bob Shennans comments that he's 'proud that it has played such a key role in encouraging the take-up of digital radio across the nation'.  Is that really something to be proud of?  Or echoes of an attitude that almost saw the station axed?  Perhaps it's because it's a trade paper that he felt he had to make such comments?

Thanks on twitter to @love6music for pointing out this article http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/mar/10/6-music-commercial-demographic-bbc featuring Caroline Thomson, one of the runners to replace Mark Thompson when he goes.  The completely baffling argument that 6Music listeners are a core commercial demographic is still out-there on Planet Claire - or perhaps Planet Caroline - to this day.  If they really truly were Caroline, if any money were to be made, the commercial sector would be doing it.  And they aren't.

It was frightening then and continues to be that the BBC can misjudged it's listeners so badly and misjudge it's responsibilites as a public service broadcaster.

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Caroline Thomson, the BBC's chief operating officer, has defended the decision unveiled in the corporation's strategy review last week to close BBC 6 Music.

Thomson told an audience of media executives in London that the digital radio station, which is now the subject of a high-profile public campaign to save it, competed directly with commercial radio.

"The average age of its listeners 37 is at the heart of the demographic targeted by commercial radio", she told delegates at a Westminster Media Forum event.

There were also questions, she said, about whether the BBC should run three popular music stations Radio 1, Radio 2 and 6 Music.

Thomson described the recommendation to axe 6 Music, which will now be considered by the BBC Trust following public consultation, as "tough". But she added: "There just isn't the luxury of closing something that no one cares about ... all the BBC services are loved by some."

She added that the money saved by the closure would be reinvested in radio, with a particular focus on digital services. Digital station BBC Radio 7 will "move towards [becoming] Radio 4 extra... with all the extra investment that implies".

Thomson conceded that some of the BBC's critics "have a point" when they complain that it was encroaching on markets that were previously off limits. "We must be prepared to define the boundaries of our public service. We must be prepared to know our limits," she said.

Some competitors had legitimate concerns about the corporation's "existing boundaries and its future ambition", Thomson added. "We are in a world where we can't do everything. We need to move to the world of 'either/or'."

In a thinly disguised attack on Rupert Murdoch's media empire, she also said there was a "small but influential group of critics with vested interests" who want to see a smaller BBC.

"Their underlying objective is death by a thousand cuts," Thomson added, and the BBC "ought to stand up to" them.

Echoing the words of the BBC director general, Mark Thompson, who some believe she may eventually replace, Thomson said that the corporation exists in a "public space" alongside libraries, museums galleries and other public institutions, "without which Britain would just not be Britain".

The BBC "has remained remarkably relevant, perhaps even more relevant", she added. "[The idea that] it would lose relevance amongst a ubiquity of content has proved false."

Thomson repeated the BBC's pledge to cut back on overseas acquisitions, but made clear that did not mean that popular US imports would be banned altogether.

BBC2 recently screened all five series of US drama The Wire and BBC4 shows Mad Men, another series that has won critical acclaim, but relatively small audiences.

She also said the BBC reserved the right to screen big Hollywood films at Christmas, because licence-fee payers demand it.

She praised "marvellous American series" and said: "We do need to be able to keep that as well as the capacity to have the central film on Christmas Day, like Harry Potter."

Thomson confirmed that the cap on the money spent on sports rights, which was also announced in the strategy review, commits the corporation to spend at "roughly the same level as we are now" and does not reduce it.



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Re: 6Music Announces 10th Birthday Celebrations
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2012, 08:59:20 PM »
Yes, quite a lot of words here.

And I will echo Darcy's . 6 Music was offered up to the axe.

What that showed was a fundamental misunderstanding of radio and music radio, by those who are paid quite a lot of our money to understand such things.


And, then we had the total lack of understanding about BBC local radio?


It really is time for, the sort of corporate, elitist, shallow management, represented by Mark Thompson to be changed and challenged from inside and outside the corporation. Hopefully a suitable candidate will emerge..

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Re: 6Music Announces 10th Birthday Celebrations
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2012, 10:45:21 PM »
When you look back it does make me wonder why the NUJ vote of no confidence wasn't targeted at the whole of the Executive?  Thompson & Thomson, Boaden, Davie (I want to end with Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb but those boys knew what they were doing...) have all come out and defended various parts of their failed and error-strewn plans.  Can't recall who else is on the board but it looks like they could do with some new blood.  I wonder what the boys from Trumpton are doing these days....


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