BBC Radio 6 Music

Launched in 2002, BBC Radio 6 Music is now comfortably one of the British Broadcasting Corporations’s flagship radio stations.

The digital station boasts that it “brings together the cutting edge music of today, the iconic and groundbreaking music of the past 40 years and unlimited access to the BBC’s wonderful music archive,” and this blueprint has made it one of the most listened to digital-only stations across Europe.

6 Music’s roster of DJs – which have included the likes of ex-Fall guitarist Mark Riley, Elbow singer Guy Garvey and even Iggy Pop on occasion – are said to be given total control over what music to play, and in that sense the station has been viewed by many as a continuation of the legacy of the popular late DJ John Peel.

Indeed, 6 Music has been know to dip into the BBC archives to play notable¬†“Peel Sessions” that the DJ put on from the 1960s until his sudden death in 2004.

The station is not specifically dedicated to alternative rock – with jazz, reggae and folk to name but three genres also regularly played – but it does constitute a considerable chunk of its output. Since 2014 6 Music has put on a Festival that has been held in different cities around the UK and broadcast live on the station.

Frequency: Digital

Serving: United Kingdom