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Cerys Matthews in fight to save 6 Music radio station
Cerys Matthews
Cerys has won praise for her work as a radio presenter on 6 Music

Cerys Matthews has joined the campaign to save the BBC digital radio station 6 Music from closure.

The Cardiff-born singer said the station was a "slaughtered lamb" being thrown to silence the critics.

The channel featuring new artists and archive tracks has been earmarked for closure as the BBC aims to save £600m.

The former Catatonia star - who has been a presenter on 6 Music - said it was a prime example of the BBC's duty to provide distinctive services.

"It's precisely the kind of station that the BBC can provide but the commercial sector cannot because it doesn't appeal to the mainstream," she said.

"A commercial station is going to have to appeal to the mainstream to get its ratings.

"It's only £6m in a £3.6bn enterprise - it just feels like throwing a slaughtered lamb to keep the critics silenced," she added.

"It's like cutting a little finger off to lose weight - it just doesn't make sense."

BBC Director General Mark Thompson announced on Tuesday that digital radio stations 6 Music and the Asian Network would close as part of a strategy review to save £600m a year to reinvest in a more tightly focused range of programmes and services.

But Matthews disputed the suggestion that 6 Music's type of programming could be provided by other BBC stations such as Radio 1 and Radio 2.

"He's talking about two completely different audiences - one that likes mainstream pop, the other that is very intelligent, of a discerning taste, that likes specialist music, varied music and brand new music.

"This is the legacy of John Peel - if John Peel was around today it would be 6 Music that he'd be broadcasting from and supporting."

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