“Public concern” might mean the BBC will have to “rethink” plans to axe two radio stations, BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons has said. There has been growing opposition to the announcement by director general Mark Thompson on Tuesday, earmarking 6 Music and Asian Network for closure….The proposals will go through a public consultation before being approved. Union leaders have met with Mr Thompson, telling him the plans are “unnecessary and unacceptable”.
Former director general of the BBC Greg Dyke has told Richard Bacon’s 5 live show that he does not believe 6 Music and the Asian Network will be closed down. “All that’s going to happen now is there’s going to be campaigns to save the two stations they want to close,” he said.
The proposed cuts have been criticised by music industry figures including music producer Mark Ronson and pop star La Roux. More than 100,000 people have already joined a group set up on social networking site Facebook to save 6 Music. Writing in the Guardian, Brit-winner Lily Allen said she hoped “that the backlash they’ve received so far will make them hink twice.”