Here's 7 ways in which you can support these two vital radio stations - which as you're probably well aware, the BBC are considering for closure. Both stations have supported unsigned and newly-signed artists and taken them from great grassroots support at local, community and online radio (often the first places to pick up new bands) to a national platform which is otherwise unavailable in national commercial radio programming:
1. E-mail the Strategy Review consultation e-mail address with your response: firstname.lastname@example.org, or respond here before May 25th, 2010: consultations.external.bbc.co.uk/departments/bbc/bbc-strategy-review/consultation/consult_view;
2. Log a complaint with the BBC - do you remember how very effective this became during the 'Sachsgate' affair a couple of years ago?: http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/homepage/;
3. Sign the petition at http://www.petition.fm/petitions/6musicasiannet/1000/;
4. Visit www.love6music.com for regular information and links to news pieces and blogs;
5. Listen to both stations, find out what they're all about and why they are so important to the cultural landscape of this country - especially if you're not a regular listener;
6. Lobby/write to your MP (and possibly Prospective Parliamentary Candidates in marginal seats) - an Early Day Motion has been tabled in Parliament - there is a General Election coming, after all, so no PPC is going to want to look out of touch with their electorate;
7. Most importantly, keep shouting about the proposals! Write, blog, tweet...explain why BBC 6Music and the Asian Network fulfil the BBC's mission to inform, educate and entertain and why they are vital parts of a unique service. It's really easy to see why!
If you have any further ideas, or links to interesting news pieces, blogs, campaign ideas etc, you're of course welcome to share them below...
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