BBC is axing Radio 6, their alternative music station. They will concentrate on the popular music stations BBC Radios 1 and 2 instead. Budget cuts they say. But somehow the BBC budget has stretched to keep the classical station Radio 3 alive, even though it costs roughly twice as much and attracts half the listeners. Elitist anyone? Adding insult to injury, Radio 6 picked up 2 prestigious Gold Awards at the Sony Radio Academy Awards this year. There’s been a public outcry since the announcement as well as demonstrations and petitions by all manner of celebrity and DJ to keep the station open. The hoopla surrounding the decision has seen listeners flocking to the station, increasing its audience by 50% in a few short months. Not everything in this world should be a brand or homogenized through the same same hit making factory that smooths out all the edges and leaves us with glossed out background music. To me the BBC has always represented quality and choice. Radio 6 has repeatedly given a voice and a platform to new and emerging artists. And to us listeners who do not want “all Rhianna all the time” on our radiowaves. Personally I discovered Nina Nastasia through Radio 6, a brilliant singer songwriter from New York City, who has written one of the most beautiful songs of all time – Bird of Cuzco. It’ll be a real loss to music, and maybe even a bigger loss to us music fans, if Radio 6 will go.