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BBC 6 Music Rock Show axed

When BBC Director General Mark Thompson confirmed what music lovers feared in his Quality Comes First mission review last week, it immediately sent shock waves through the UK music industry. As well as its devout 700,000 listeners, supporters came in all shapes and sizes including David Bowie, Coldplay, Music Week, The Guardian, Glastonbury Festival, a Tory minister and even a few Commercial Radio chiefs.

The strategy review is now in a consultation period. For anyone who likes music and doesn’t want British music to forever be awash with lock-jawed manufactured popsters we have 10 weeks to complete the BBC survey here. However, before we found out the final verdict the BBC have announced that the longstanding BBC6 Music Friday Night Rock Show – hosted by Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson will be axed at the end of April. In a statement about the departure a BBC spokesperson said: ‘6 Music is currently reviewing the way it reflects the rock and heavy metal genres across the network and has decided to decommission the Friday Night Rock Show.’

Another change to BBC radio will be at Radio 2, where Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie’s evening show will be reduced from four shows to three starting from April 12th.

In related news today, March 11th is BBC6 Music's 8th birthday. Could this be their last one?

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