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BBC's 6 Music reported saved

12 April 2010

The radio station BBC 6 Music is reported to have been saved from closure. The NUJ, which is demanding a rethink of the £600 million cuts package being considered by the BBC Trust, welcomed the reports.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said:

"If 6 Music has been reprieved, that is a clear victory for public opinion after close to 200,000 people signed up to the campaign to protect BBC services from unnecessary cuts. But the BBC's world-class website remains under threat, as do its UK magazines and the BBC Asian Network on radio.
"This amounts to a deliberate BBC management policy of 'self-harm' in the interests of the BBC's commercial rivals. The irony is that this appeasement policy only makes those commercial interests more greedy.
"Since we were first told of the £600 million cuts plan, commercial broadcasters have simply bleated that the cuts don't go far enough.
"The NUJ has many serious differences with BBC management, but we are clear that the corporation offers the licence-payer excellent value for money with a world-class integrated service across radio, television, the internet and print. It also generates important foreign earnings through the sale of its quality programming across the world.
"The BBC Trust has a duty to defend that comprehensive public service rather than feeding the profit-hungry tiger in the hope that it will be last to be eaten."

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