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BBC is refusing to comment on plans to cut Asian Network

February 26, 2010

The BBC is refusing to comment on reports it plans to close the BBC Asian Network and 6 Music according to The Times. The Times claims a report recommending the closures is currently being considered by the BBC Trust, the corporation’s governing body.

The BBC’s website budget, which currently stands at £112m, will also be cut by 25%.

Reacting to The Times‘ story, the National Union of Journalists warned of strikes at the BBC. ‘If true, these cuts will result not just in the loss of hundreds of jobs, but the loss of valuable, quality output aimed at young people and the Asian communities,’ said the NUJ‘s general secretary, Jeremy Dear. ‘We will fight them with all our might.’

Fans have already set up a campaign protesting any changes to 6 Music, rallying support on Facebook and Twitter. Campaigns around the BBC Asian Network are also starting.

Among supporters is musician David Bowie, who issued a statement saying: ‘6 Music keeps the spirit of broadcasters like John Peel alive and for new artists to lose this station would be a great shame.’

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  1. March 1, 2010 4:43 pm

    The Tories, who indirectly are behind all this activity to destroy any real musical culture in the UK, are such shallow, vote-buying scum. The shadow culture minister has reacted to the massive backlash by completely chnaging his position – in two days!

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