The BBC strategy review public consultation - which will consider views on the proposal to close radio network BBC 6 Music - concludes today (May 25).

The public and other interested parties still have a few hours to have their say about the proposal to close alt-rock and modern rock station 6 Music, as well as the Asian Network.

There has been widespread opposition within the music industry to the closure plan by management at the publicly-funded BBC.

Labels trade body the BPI's submission to the consultation, conducted by the governing body BBC Trust, stated that the closure would "weaken the BBC's compliance with its [Royal] Charter requirements, failing current and future generations of British artists by removing a key national outlet for unique alternative music."

"The BBC's own Charter makes crystal clear that the Corporation is specifically tasked with stimulating creativity and cultural excellence," said BPI chairman Tony Wadsworth in a statement. "It defies belief, therefore, that the BBC is proposing to close a radio station that excels at doing exactly this, particularly when 6 Music's audience is growing in leaps and bounds and virtually the entire U.K. music community is united in support of it. We strongly urge the Trust to do the right thing and insist the station is kept on air."

BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor added: "6 Music is exactly the kind of programming the license fee is there to support - distinctive, high quality broadcasting that the commercial market would not provide. This is a chance for the Trust to stand up for the rights of the listener, and save a national treasure. Signing its death warrant would not only let down music fans, it would fail generations of British artists who do not get played otherwise."

The Guardian today published a letter expressing opposition to the closure plan of both stations. Its 48 signatories include Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills, Fleet Foxes and DJ/producer Mr Scruff. However, newly elected Conservative MP and environmentalist Zac Goldsmith no longer appears on the online version, though he is in the print edition.

The Guardian amended the online report, stating that one name was removed at the request of the signatory, "who had not agreed to appearing among those who signed." Zac Goldsmith did not respond to requests for comment.

A preliminary verdict on the 6 Music closure plan is due in the summer. Meanwhile, longtime 6 Music presenter and songwriter Tom Robinson will be staging a 60th birthday concert at London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on June 1.
The event will feature special guests and is set to be a show of solidarity for 6 Music broadcasters, employees and supporters.

Newly appointed culture secretary Ed Vaizey has been invited to the concert.