BBC 6Music Cancels Bruce Dickinson Show
March 11, 2010 at 5:10 AM (PT)
While the demise of Triple A BBC 6MUSIC and THE ASIAN NETWORK continue to be hotly debated in the U.K., the BBC is making interim changes, canceling IRON MAIDEN frontman BRUCE DICKINSON's show on 6MUSIC. DICKINSON's FRIDAY night show, produced by SMOOTH OPERATIONS, has aired on 6MUSIC for eight years and will end in APRIL.
In addition, MARK RADCLIFFE and STUART MACONIE's evening show on BBC RADIO 2, also produced by SMOOTH OPERATIONS, is being cut back from four nights a week to three, effective APRIL 12th. The move makes way for "IN CONCERT," moving from RADIO 1 to THURSDAY nights on RADIO 2; MACONIE and RADCLIFFE will be among the hosts of the show along with their regular show.
And the BBC is reportedly considering replacing 6MUSIC and the ASIAN NETWORK with new digital stations that rebroadcast existing material from the company's other networks. The new channels would be brand extensions in the manner of the current FIVE LIVE SPORTS EXTRA channel and would repurpose existing content as well as offering special shows. In the report detailing the proposed changes to the BBC's operation, Comedy BBC7 was proposed to change names to RADIO 4 EXTRA.