BBC Proposes Closing 6Music, Asian Network
February 26, 2010 at 4:27 AM (PT)
The BBC's strategic review of its operations have placed digital radio stations Triple A 6MUSIC and the ASIAN NETWORK on the chopping block along with half of the material produced for the company's website.
The TIMES OF LONDON reports that the report from Director General MARK THOMPSON and Director of Policy and Strategy JOHN TATE proposes that the two radio stations be closed as part of a wide-ranging series of cuts that will also slash the network's budget for purchasing sports rights and American television shows and close digital television channels BBC SWITCH and BLAST!
600 million pounds of the annual 3.6 billion pounds collected from the license fee would be redirected into "quality programming." The cuts, prompted by the prospect of a freeze in the license fee and the likelihood of a TORY win in the general elections this year, are a response to a firestorm of criticism from competitors upset that the network uses public funding to compete with commercial stations.