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NUJ members join Save BBC 6 Music protest

27 March 2010

NUJ members joined members of the Save BBC 6 Music Facebook group for a protest in defence of the station outside Broadcasting House in London on Saturday.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said:

"The 160,000 people who have so far signed up to the group show the depth of feeling that exists against the proposed closure of the station"

The organisers of the event said:

"This was a celebration of our beloved station. It was a demonstration of support for the staff, musicians and a collective show to the BBC's consultation team that we do not want to lose our station.
"What the BBC proposes is unacceptable. 6Music is the only place that caters for our diverse tastes; the only station where you will hear Howling Bells played back to back with Seasick Steve; The Isley Brothers leading into dEUS, Delphic, Yeasayer and all topped off with a dash of Half Man Half Biscuit."

The protest followed a celebration of BBC6 Music and the BBC Asian Network at the Houses of Parliament on Monday.

Almost 200 people attended the celebration, hosted by MPs John Grogan and Tom Watson, which brought together trades unionists, listeners, presenters and politicians in a show of opposition to what Jeremy Dear described as "the BBC’s self-harming strategy".

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