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Profiles: 6 Music/Asian Network

6 Music

BBC Radio 6 describes itself as a station that "brings together the cutting edge of today and the iconic and groundbreaking music of the past 40 years."

It was one of the first BBC digital stations and first went on air in 2002.

In May 2009, presenters Adam and Joe won three Sony Radio Silver awards.

Its other presenters include Jarvis Cocker, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Liz Kershaw, George Lamb, Dave Pearce and Craig Charles.

Just two weeks ago, the BBC Trust published a review of 6 Music which described Radio 2's digital sister station as "distinctive and well-liked by its listeners".

But it also warned 6 Music needed to reach a bigger audience.

It reaches about 700,000 listeners a week.

It found that while the station's listening figures had grown faster over the past four years than any other BBC digital radio-only service, it reached just 1% of the adult population - with only 20% of the population aware the station existed.

Laverne, music producer Marc Ronson and broadcaster Charlie Brooker have all expressed their dismay at the planned closure.

In its report, the BBC admitted 6 Music played a wide range of music not heard elsewhere and introduces many listeners to music that is new to them.

Asian Network

The Asian Network features music including bhangra and hip hop and British Asian news including entertainment, Bollywood and sport.

The radio station also features the soap opera Silver Street, which was earmarked for closure last year and will air for the final time later this month.

Its parent station is Radio One and its presenters include Adil Ray and Sonia Deol.

Ray recently starred in Bellamy's People on BBC Two with Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse.

The BBC says the Asian Network has failed to build on its early growth and has lost 20% of its listeners in the past three years.

The corporation says the station's current scale appears insufficient to justify the level of BBC investment.

But the British Phonographic Society (BPI) and the AMI have written to Mark Thompson criticising the closure of both the Asian Network and 6 Music.

The letter stated that: "The Asian Network provides an important channel for exposure for Asian music in the UK, which does not gain exposure on many major commercial stations."

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