Posted by Mark Mulligan on March 3, 2010
One of the most emotive aspects of the proposed BBC cuts (see Nick Thomas' post for more detail) is the closure of niche digital music radio channel 6 Music. Without getting too caught up in the emotionally charged arguments (or the theory that it could be part of a BBC conspiracy) it is interesting to consider the scale of budgets in play.
Nick's post yesterday made a very important point that the proposed cut backs in digital programming and online represent a tiny fraction of the budgets currently allocated for TV. Indeed when you compare the likely savings associated with closing 6 Music compared to the salaries of some of the BBC's key presenter talent (see graphic below) you get an interesting sense of where priorities lie.
(The answer to the question in the title by the way is 9.5).