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In quotes: Reaction to BBC cuts

Some reaction to news that the BBC has proposed the closure of both 6 Music and the Asian Network.

Mark Thompson, director general of the corporation, has also announced that half of the websites on BBC online will close by 2013.

Mr Thompson said the plans would see an extra £600m diverted into programme-making.

Ben Bradshaw MP, Secretary of state for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

I welcome the BBC is thinking hard about what it does and where it should focus in future, but politicians should avoid compromising the BBC's independence by giving a running commentary on its decisions. It is important that the public's voice is heard in the consultation.

Jeremy Hunt, Conservative shadow culture secretary

I am pleased that the BBC is taking a long, hard look at exactly what it should be doing, but the truth of the matter is that we need to see actions not words. Will the BBC be less expansionist? Will it think carefully about its impact on the independent sector? Above all, will it spend licence fee payers' money on quality public service content that they want to see? Only real change will address these concerns so I hope that's what we get.

Don Foster, Liberal Democrat culture spokesman

Today's report signals the end of the BBC roaming wherever it fancied. The decision to focus on high-quality UK content is welcome. However, I am not convinced that using 6 Music and the Asian Network as sacrificial lambs to pay for it is the right approach. While the BBC has become overgrown in some areas and needs pruning, the licence fee-payers must have their say about what's to go.

Gerry Morrissey, general secretary of the broadcasting workers' union Bectu
These cuts are totally unnecessary and are purely politically motivated. It is obvious that the BBC is being bounced by its competitors and by the political climate ahead of the upcoming general election.

Jeremy Dear, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists

These plans smack of an attempt to appease commercial and political interests. Hard-working staff shouldn't be used as a political football and we will fight any compulsory redundancies.

Lauren Laverne, 6 Music presenter

This is probably not the easiest of day for us, probably not the easiest day to be on the radio, to be honest with you, especially not this station, which I love with all my heart. So thank you very much for all your kind words.

Shaun Keaveny, 6 Music presenter

Massive thanks to everyone who has shown their support, it's literally choking us up.

Jarvis Cocker, 6 Music presenter

As far as I can see, a station like Radio 6 is perfectly in the spirit of what the BBC was supposedly set up to do - public service broadcasting. It's airing music that wouldn't get heard otherwise.

Sonia Deol, Asian Network presenter

Somebody is asking me on the text: 'Aren't you angry?' Of course I'm angry by the stuff that's going on in the news, but I absolutely love the BBC Asian Network and Asian audiences and the show is going to carry on.

Mark Ronson, producer and artist

The times I've gone in that building and done shows on 6 Music, obviously it's much more of a trainspotterey love for music than you get on the main radio stations. It's great old music, it's great new bands. It's people like Steve Lamacq, whoever it is. People on that station love music.

La Roux, artist

If you get rid of 6 Music I lose all faith in the Radio Industry. Please, please, please don't get rid of it. It's the only Radio Station I can listen to without turning it off every five minutes. Please.

Pops, one half of Punjabi music producers Tigerstyle

It's going to kill the Asian music industry. If the station closes, artists like us won't survive. It's a very popular station. Our music is being heard and Asian Network is the main reason of that.

Reena Combo, freelance journalist

I think it is actually really sad because it's the leading British Asian radio station. I was quite shocked and quite upset when I heard the news. I also found it quite disheartening that the biggest station in the UK that caters for the Asian audience could be axed.


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