Today I watched the video below in which Miranda sawyer (The Observer’s Radio Critic) gives her argument for why BBC 6Music should be saved.
What was the most interesting thing for me in this video (apart from her obviously brilliant and eloquent way of arguing the point – put so much better than my blog post a few weeks ago!) was that she suggests that ‘alternative’ is a mindset that you can’t get out of.
I’ve never really thought of myself as ‘alternative’ before – but I’m thinking perhaps I am in my mind. It’s not a conscious decision but big Hollywood blockbusters don’t interest me. I watch a hell of a lot of foreign films (especially J/K-horrors) – in fact I have a couple of French ones to watch this weekend from Blockbuster. And theatre-wise, I am always more likely to go and watch something a little ‘odd’ at Barbican than go and see something like Cats (which I hated every moment of). In fact, I would only really consider something like that because I’m taking The Girl or going along with somebody else (eg when i went to see Oliver! back in January).
I guess that also accounts for the fact that the thought of going to Disneyland/world fills me with a sense of absolute dread, makes me feel nauseous and therefore I’ve never really considered it. Although that could be just because I’d probably stab someone. Probably someone dressed up as an animal of some type.
Does that make my friends alternative too then? Do they have to be alternative to like me? Do THEY have to be alternative for me to like THEM? Or is everyone alternative to something?
My brain is now confused.
This morning, I was horrified to wake up to the news that there are ‘rumours’ that BBC 6Music may be axed! I have been listening to 6Music for at least two years now, waking up to Shaun Keavney every morning, and on the (many) times that I have been working from home, or in the office on my own, streaming it through the PC and listening for the whole day. Especially now that George Lamb is no longer on during the week, it’s an absolute joy of a station, playing music that I would near enough choose for myself if I could be arsed!
So I’ve done what little bits I can – joinging the Facebook group to hear if there’s anything said/planned, adding the Twibbon to my Twitter avatar, commenting on various sites, and registering my complaint to the BBC. For anyone interested, this is what I wrote.
I was VERY upset to read the news today that BBC 6Music may be facing the axe.
I am in my late 30s and I feel that 6Music is the only channel that really caters for me. I have always had a huge interest in music, and although now relatively ‘grown up’, I still want to hear all the new bands coming out, as well as all the good ones over the years that I have known and loved. None of the ‘commercial’ rubbish played on so many stations.
I first heard 6Music when I was on holiday over two years ago in a cottage that had DAB, and I rushed home and bought one so that I could continue listening to all the fantastic presenters who have a wealth of knowledge and years of music journalism behind them.
6Music made me get back into going to gigs – I have seen SO many new bands that I would never have heard of if it hadn’t been for the station, and I have got many of my friends into them too.
I believe 6Music caters for the tastes of many people my age – and I think it is a ludicrous idea to think of axing the station shortly before the analogue switch-off. The reason I think it’s not so widely listened to is that even now, I don’t know that many people with DAB – especially in their cars which is where a lot of my friends listen to the radio. *I* don’t have a DAB car stereo, but will have to invest in one when the digital switch over occurs – and I think that this is where 6Music will really come into its own.
I didn’t think to write much more than that – I guess they probably just add up the number of complaints, but I would urge anyone to complain who listens to the station.
There’s so many other places that they could cut costs – get rid of that talentless twat Moyles for a start. Or merge Radios 2, 3 and 4 into just two stations. I could probably come up with a hell of a lot more ideas too. Like getting rid of BBC Four, and just getting BBC2 back to what it used to be, including the stuff shown on Four. Making BBC Three 24 hour, including all the garbage from BBC1 during the day!
As you can tell, it’s all made me a bit emotional. So emotional that I haven’t even been able to write up about the fantastic gig last night because I’ve been dwelling on it. but now I have written it down and got it out of my system. Which is why I restarted my blog in the first place
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com (link)
Add a Twibbon: http://twibbon.com/join/BBC-6music
BBC Complaints: http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/homepage/