Jarvis backs 6

By | Published on Wednesday 5 May 2010

Jarvis Cocker has said that he still thinks there’s hope for the future of BBC 6music, on which the former Pulp frontman presents a show, ofcourse.

Speaking to music blog My Chemical Toilet, he said that the station’s closure was far from a foregone conclusion, saying: “Well, I’m not giving up. I think it’s an ongoing fight. The public consultation process doesn’t end until 25 May, so people have got until then to contact the BBC Trust. I would encourage people to do that. The Sony Awards are next week, which I think will be another opportunity to get it into the public eye. Obviously, there was a big outcry when they first said the axe was going to fall, but then it died down a bit, and I think it would be good to raise its visibility again towards the end of the consultation period”.

He continued: “It’s a weird thing, you know. [The proposed closure] doesn’t seem to make much sense to me. It seems [6music] is doing what the BBC is supposed to do, which is to provide something you wouldn’t get otherwise. There’s no way that a commercial radio station would play alternative music – there’s no money in it. So it’s that kind of thing the BBC should be doing, really. We shall see. I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion and I think it’s something worth fighting for”.

Speaking of the Sony Radio Academy Awards, Jarvis and his 6music show are nominated there in the Rising Star category. On that subject he said: “Yes, at the age of 46, to be nominated as a rising star – it’s quite good. I consider it to be interlinked with the 6music question, because there’s no way I would have been given the freedom to play what I wanted, inviting guests that I wanted, and talking about what I wanted on any other station. The fact that the show’s been nominated is a vindication of the 6music policy. To get people who are interested in whatever, and just let them do it, without any play list… it’s quite a rare thing, and I think that’s why it’s precious and worth fighting for”.