In his initial response to the BBC strategy review, BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons has said that the case for the closure of 6 Music had not been made.
The BBC proposed the station’s demise under a strategy rethink, sparking protests from politicians and stars from the worlds of music and broadcasting.
The Trust has also said the Asian Network – the other station the BBC intended to turn off – was “performing poorly” and that there was a “case for closure”.
The Trust published its initial conclusions to the strategy review alongside the BBC’s Annual Report. The Trust says: “As things stand, the case has not been made for the closure of 6 Music.
“The Executive should draw up an overarching strategy for digital radio. If the director general wanted to propose a different shape for the BBC’s music radio stations as part of a new strategy, the trust would consider it.”
The Trust adds that the reach of the audience for 6 Music was 600,000 at the time of the review, and that it had risen to 1 million listeners a week.
According to the Trust the “significant show of public support” there had been since the closure plan was announced.
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