By Jason Theodorou

The BBC Trust has rejected plans to close BBC 6 Music, overturning a decision by director general Mark Thompson to axe the popular digital radio station as a cost saving measure. In its strategy review published on Monday, the Trust said there was not a 'consistent strategic rationale for closure'.

The BBC registered their intention to scrap BBC 6 Music in March, a move they said would help to shift £600 million of license fee money into other areas of BBC programming by 2013. The BBC Trust agreed to close the Asian Network digital station, but refused to give final approval to BBC 6 Music's disbandment.

The news comes after a public outcry over the axing of the digital radio station, which plays a wide range of alternative and up and coming bands that are unlikely to receive airplay on the more mainstream radio stations such as Radio 1.

Facebook users joined a Save 6 Music campaign, with 180,000 people registering their wish for the radio station to be preserved. Meanwhile, campaigning on Twitter with the #save6music hashtag is believed to have influenced social media savvy politicians including shadow culture minister Ed Vaizey.

6Music DJ Jarvis Cocker reacted cautiously to the BBC Trust's decision. He said: 'They may try to stall and say we need longer to think this over. It would be unfair on staff at the station to continue working under such uncertainty. And it would be a slightly dirty trick if they tries to prolong [the decision] and hope everyone forgets about it'.

The BBC Trust has said that it will consider alternative proposals from the BBC relating to its digital radio output, but would only consider changes to BBC 6 Music if the station's unique output was matched elsewhere by the corporation.

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