I'm guessing Mr Irony named Choice FM.
It's not exactly WFMU, the world's greatest radio station, but a new study shows how valuable BBC 6Music is to curious listeners and the music industry. By some distance, it offers the most diverse selection of pop music on UK radio. Economist Will Page at the PRS (or as we must call it, PRS For Music) has found that 6Music …
Where is BBC Radio 4 in all of this?? Supposedly distinctive radio and it doesn't even register on the first chart of unique songs played. Even Choice FM (oh the irony) pips the Home Service to the chart. I'm writing to the Trust now. I want a refund of my licence fee.
Signed disgusted of Tunbridge wells
[Joke alert in case someone thinks this is a serious post!!]
[Oh and Radio 1 playing below the industry average of unique songs is no surprise, but on unique songwriters paid - way to go BBC Radio Derby]
I note that 1 EX-twaa (protected as unique output by these cuts) is only 15th on the unique tracks exploited chart, a good 3 places and ~25% behind its parent station Radio 1 (~1100 Vs ~800)
Yet 6music (kill kill kill) is first on the unique tracks exploited chart and a good ~20% ahead of the next entry (its parent station BBC Radio 2) with ~3100 Vs ~2600.
BBC Radio 2's ranking is excellent for a 'mainstream' station but I wonder how this is skewed by its evening, and night time specialist shows which play lots of diverse tracks, compared to the playlist oriented week day daytime output.
Initially, I couldn't understand all the fuss about this station closing.
But now, having listened to Andrew Collins & Richard Herring every week for the past six or so weeks, i'm an addict. I never appreciated how good they are.
There's a diverse range of comedy, music and more. All advert-free. Sure, it woun't appeal to 11-year-old girls who want to listen to Justin Beiber (whoever that is). They can just listen to Crapital, sorry Capital FM.
Quite a few people.
I'd ask the same question - how many people watch BBC4 (TV), how many people watch BBC Parliament, How many people actually listen to Radio 3.
For goodness sake - BBC6 should be what the BBC is all about - providing many broadcasting channels to groups within society. I never, ever watch BBC1 - or hardly any other TV for that matter - but I love Radio 4 and I love Radio 6. Why should my license fee sponsor BBC1, Radio1 etc when mainstream drivel has driven our most of the intelligent programming from the mainstream channels. I am happy to pay for the likes of Radio4, 5, 6 - I am not happy with the broadcasting content on BBC which may as well be driven by advertising - do you honestly think less people would watch Andrew Lloyd Webber having a mid life crisis on BBC1 because there are no adverts - but for the 50 odd million people who hate it - there is no justification for the license fee there....
But channels like BBC6 need to license fee to develop the talent that is just starting out - to give them a platform for their art. BBC3 does a similar thing on Telly.
-To ask how many people actually listen to it is nothing but pure stupidity...