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The question Girl/boy bands

Virgin Radio has decided to banish boy and girl bands from their airwaves.

This week we ask: What would you like to hear more of on national radio?

Brilliant news. Bring on the alternative bands from yesterday and today. There are a lot of ageing new wavers out there who can still vividly remember the thrill and raw energy from records which pushed the rock envelope in new directions.

Mark Thompson, 37, technical services manager, Dubai, UAE

Virgin's move strikes me as a form of censorship. Censorship of records has never worked - just remember the Sex Pistols.

Whether or not one likes the style of music that is being censored is a matter of personal taste, but I believe it should not be up to corporations to decide what we can and cannot listen to. If Virgin remove all boy and girl bands from their play lists they will undoubtedly lose some of their listeners and could lose advertisers who target a particular listener. They should think very carefully before biting the hand that feeds them.

Michael Woods, 35, engineer Edinburgh

I welcome Virgin's move. I could never understand the appeal of 'Wetlife' (sic) whose songs sound like out takes from a 1974 Roger Whittaker album.

However, the replacement may be even more horrendous if the gaps left by the boy bands are filled by Phil Collins, Tina Turner, Elton John et al. Too much of anything eventually grates on the ears and I prefer to listen to stations which are prepared to play music for music's sake, not because it is on a playlist. I hate to admit it but, for me a Radio 2 show - Jonathon Ross - is currently winning this battle. Also respect to Robert Elms, Norman Jay, Gilles Peterson and Radio Scotland.

Kenneth Irvine, 40, project engineer, Glasgow

I am afraid that I couldn't care less. My radio listening is restricted to Radios 4 and 5, which are just about the only stations I can bear listening to during the day. Most modern pop music is manufactured garbage and even the better rock bands such as Oasis are poor imitations of earlier bands.

Simon Barton, 35, senior engineer, South Wales

How about hearing a Government announcement of a massive pay rise for all chartered civil engineers? Oh, and of course, a Scottish Cup Final win for Dundee FC!

Chic Haggart, 39, traffic group manager, Perth

What Virgin are doing is great for the discerning music listener, as virtually every other radio station plays the same pop songs on a seemingly endless loop. While it will make Virgin far better it will still not beat the radio geniuses that are Mark and Lard (Radio 1 in the afternoon) - top flight entertainment!

Mike Edwards, 26, construction engineer, London

I am an indie kid who likes a bit of drum and bass at the weekend. Tune into Scotland's very own http://www.beat106.com.

Bob Lyall, 27, build manager, Scotland

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