Two years ago, BBC 6Music was on the chopping block. Low listener numbers had the BBC re-evaluating the station, deciding that it was time to switch off the passionate presenters.
Within hours, there was outrage from dedicated listeners across the internet. Facebook’s Save 6Music group quickly recruited an army and Twitter had #save6music trending. Petitions were signed and even musician Dan Bull uploaded the video ‘Dear Auntie’ as a musical appeal to rescue the station.
This week, the station celebrates it’s ten year anniversary. And we, like the multitude of fans out there, couldn’t be happier. With presenters like Songlines contributor Cerys Matthews, Fun Lovin’ Criminals frontman Huey Morgan (who provided us with a playlist this issue) and Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker to name just a few, why wouldn’t we be pleased as punch to see the station reach its tenth birthday?
BBC 6Music controller Bob Shennan told the Independent that ‘Our presenters act as trusted guides, that can help advise, interpret and recommend… Listeners want someone they can trust to make sense of an extraordinary array of choice.‘ It is because of it’s committed and respected presenters that 6Music has become the favourite of so many listeners.
They will be celebrating their anniversary in style with special events all week. For details on what’s happening, be sure to check out the BBC 6Music website.
Happy Birthday, here’s to another ten years!
Be sure to check out next issue (#83 on sale March 16), which features two 6 Music greats – Huey Morgan’s playlist and Cerys Matthews’ regular column.