Keep on keeping on #save6music

This is the last email from the Save 6 music and Asian Network campaign:

“Hello,

So the consultation period is over and now we have to sit, listen to the radio and wait for the BBC Trust to report back. We are now shutting down this email subscription….

Petition – We handed the petition in to the Trust on May 22nd, all 3515 pages which contained 62,888 signatures. The BBC Trust said “Thank you for the petition, it will be used in the forthcoming meetings with the BBC in regards to the future of 6Music and the Asian Network”

I don’t think we could ask for any more than that — fantastic support from all 62,888 of you who signed and commented!

Protest – On a sunny May 22nd well over 1,000 people headed to BBC Broadcasting House in London to cheer and eat cake, all in the name of saving 6Music. In the 2-hour protest, which was compered by the wit of Jon Holmes, there were passionate and heartfelt speeches by Liz Kershaw, Lord Clement Jones, Cerys Matthews, Ed Bryne, Andrew Collins, Richard Herring, Shaun Keaveny, Matt Everitt and the Save Asian Network Bhangra Flash Mob. After some fantastic performances by One Man and his Beard and Brute Chorus everyone headed to wonderful venue 229 to continue Cakefest 2010. Eliza Carthy took us into more music and ‘protesting’ with the help of Mirrorkicks, an impromptu appearance by Steve Lamacq and a fantastic set by the Magic Numbers. The day was brought to a close by Doyle & The Fourfathers with a storming set including their now legendary version of ‘Heroes’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t2LzSJlzjU). On a fantastic day, with so many amazing people and a beautiful atmosphere with perfect weather, it really couldn’t have gone any better.

Videos, photos and more news from the day can be found on http://www.love6music.com

ILF Final Submission – The Independent Listeners Forum gave their final submission to the BBC Trust. After many many weeks of gathering and sorting information and research it was presented on May 24th.
Their email campaign has also now ended but the occasional update and news will still be at http://keep6email.wordpress.com/. Everyone involved with the ILF deserves a massive thank you from us all for all their hard work and dedication to this campaign, an area that may have been unexpected by the Trust but now cannot be ignored.

With notable submissions from many industry bodies such as BPI, MU, VLV, BECTU and even BSkyB , all in support of saving 6Music &/or the Asian Network it is now up to the BBC Trust to decide what happens now! The BBC Trust have said they will make a preliminary announcement in the summer followed by their full response in September.

So what can we do now? Well carry on listening and telling people about these stations, with 6Music passing 1 Million listeners it is obviously growing and grabbing and holding peoples attention. To keep up to date with any developments or if you want to look back at how the campaign has developed then go to http://www.love6music.com or join the Facebook group at http://bit.ly/bbc6music. Who knows, there might be another CakeFest…

Finally, from everyone involved in the Save 6Music and Asian Network campaign we want to thank you all for being involved and all your dedication over the previous months. Without you all it couldn’t have happened.

Keep on keeping on”

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