Unlike some more incendiary corners of the media, you won’t often hear Grazia complaining about the BBC. Because – for all its faults – we’re ridiculously fond of it. The Beeb is a national institution. It’s the envy of the world. Why? Because it can produce programmes for sectors of the community who wouldn’t be served at all if the lowest-common-denominator rules of the market were the only ones that applied. Catering for varied tastes is one of the most vital tenets of Public Service Broadcasting – and surely Public Service Broadcasting is the entire point?
Let’s get one thing straight: we love mass-audience broadcasting as much as the next culture junkies (see: our annual X Factor obsession). But we want to listen to brilliant music, too, and 6 Music is quite literally the only place we can find proper music at the moment: whether it’s the presenters – who are a hell of a lot more informed, obsessed and enthusiastic about music than we will ever be (see Lauren Laverne, Stuart Maconie, Craig Charles) – or the simple joy of hearing an old Roxy Music stomper followed by a track by a band so cool your muso best mate hasn’t even heard of them, 6 Music is peerless. Even the chat (Adam and Joe may be on a sabbatical but they remain our favourites – they even made a song about Grazia. How cool is that?) is actually clever and properly funny too – the sort of conversation you wish you were witty enough to have in the pub. It’s aimed at the sort of grown ups who can’t face listening to N-Dubz EVER (sample N-Dubz lyric: ‘I been searchin' all over Facebook, and I can't seem to find you’) but aren’t ready to ease on their slippers and embrace Radio 2.
In other words, it’s aimed at People Like Us. So – if it really, really does happen – this is a dark day for the Grazia office and for music fans everywhere.
- Hannah Marriott