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Jarvis Cocker Issues Warning Over 6 Music Delays
Ben Hewitt , July 1st, 2010 11:45

Singer confesses "paranoid" fears

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Quietus hero Jarvis Cocker has spoken of his suspicion about the apparent lifeline handed to BBC 6 Music, confessing his fears that it could be a "stall" and a "dirty trick".

Yesterday, The Times reported that the BBC Trust was planning on re-examining the future of the station after it was apparently condemned to closure, with an unnamed 6 Music DJ claiming: "The optimism is growing. There is a feeling that they will not just kill us straight off."

However, Cocker - speaking at the AIM (Association of Independent Music) AGM - said: "I don't want the vehemence or size of the protest against the closure to be a handicap. They may just want to stall."

He added it would be a "dirty trick to just prolong the decision and hope another issue comes up and everyone forgets about it.

"People work there every day of the week, and it's not fair to have the Sword of Damocles hanging over their head."

Speaking later at a smaller conference, he re-iterated: "Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but people do have lives to live. Maybe they hope people will get fed up of complaining."

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Jul 1, 2010 4:25pm

Thanks Jarvis for the fabulous job you have done of fighting this dreadful decision. The Facebook page and all of us who love 6 music, and your show, really appreciate it.

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Jul 1, 2010 4:33pm

Well, we haven't got fed up of complaining yet, and it ain't going to happen.

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Ben Hewitt
Jul 1, 2010 4:54pm

Agree with you both - he wanted the committee to stick to making a decision within the time frame they originally proposed. It's hard to see why they wouldn't do so, because all the overwhelming evidence they need to keep the station open is clear in the protests.

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Jul 1, 2010 6:14pm

I am convinced this is another BBC dirty trick. They will do anything to get their own way because 'they know best'
I despise the BBC for what they are doing here, to us the people who rely on finally having a station of quality and sheer intelligence and most of all to the uniquely talented people who work there.
WHY do we deserve to have this sword hanging over all our heads?

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