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BBC 6 Music – “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”

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Whether your cliche of choice happens to be “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” or “Don’t fuck with the formula”, BBC 6 Music decides to fix what isn’t broken and to fuck with the formula. Hot on the heels of the news that 6 Music attracted a record 2.44 million listeners in the last quarter, confirming its status as the biggest digital only station in the land (by some distance), the powers-that-be inflict change for change sake.

Nicked from the BBC website, here are the main changes (everything else remains the same):

Monday to Friday
5am-7.30am Chris Hawkins (from 5am-7am)
7.30am-10.30am Lauren Laverne (moving from 10am-1pm)
10.30am-1pm Mary Anne Hobbs (from 7am-10am, Saturday and Sunday)
1pm-4pm Shaun Keaveny (moving from 7am-10am)

Saturday and Sunday
7-10am Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie (moving from weekdays, 1pm-4pm)

Being a creature of habit, Radcliffe and Maconie have become an important part of my daily life. If I don’t listen to the shows ‘live’, I’ll hear them on catch-up. And I listen for a variety of reasons.

Radcliffe and Maconie are both high class broadcasters. They are unfeasibly knowledgable, they ensure the widest possible diversity of music, they are perfectly suited to the afternoon slot, they are both very clever and very funny. Even though I have never met either of them, they are my friends.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Shaun Keaveny, Mary Anne Hobbs and Lauren Laverne. Hugely talented broadcasters and, it can be argued, that Keaveny deserves a break from getting up to broadcast in the middle of the night and both Hobbs and Laverne richly deserve their promotion. However, I am being selfish. I am sad for me.

I suppose the good news is that 6 Music has survived since the threat to close it down and now it flourishes. No other radio station in the land provides such an eclectic mix of music where you have literally no idea of the genre of the next piece of music, never mind the music itself.

I shall just have to buy a digital bedside radio before the big change in January 2019 so I don’t miss a thing. But this just feels like a big mistake and I suspect a substantial part of its record 1.13 million listeners feel as I do: gutted.

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