The BBC – damned if they do, damned if they don’t

I felt sorry for the BBC this morning. For months they have been attacked by MPs and the media for being all too powerful, and were asked to scale back their operations to give commercial organisations a chance to compete.

So they’ve announced a number of cutbacks including closing a couple of stations, and suddenly they’re berated for doing so!

Maybe they should offer BBC 6 and the Asian Channel to commercial organisations to continue running them, rather than simply closing them down. Or maybe that would be interpreted as providing a state funded start up corporation (hmmm…. reminiscent of BT, O2, British Gas, National Grid, etc. etc.)

Last night a number of MPs stepped forward to say that closing BBC 6 was a travesty, and the BBC should leave the station alone. One can only speculate whether these MPs knew the writing was on the wall, and they simply joined the side of the public to scrounge a few more votes later this year.

One of the changes at the BBC that I disagree with is continuing Children’s BBC for a further two hours to 9pm. Kids need sleep, and TV (at least in my house) is the enemy of going-to-bed. I would imagine that the daily 7pm ‘shutdown’ is a signal to thousands of children across the country to get off the sofa and go upstairs to bed.

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  1. I agree with your second point but not with the first. The BBC still has to demonstrate it is using it’s funds effectively. If BBC 6 and the Asian channel were as successful as other BBC enterprises then they would retain them. But they are not and so they go. The BBC still presumably retains the digital spectrum for other purposes and presumably rolls the best parts of these stations into it’s mainstream stations. You have to respect the BBC for being the masters of reinventing themselves as has been shown with the likes of Radio 2 who’s audience continues to grow, and BBC iplayer which is still leaps ahead of anything similar anywhere in the world.

  2. I remember when Virgin Radio started, Branson campaigned that he wanted a national FM frequency (at the time of launch they only had 1152MW). His point was that Radio 3 had less listeners than any other FM radio station, and he should be awarded their current frequencies. But he lost the argument.I massively respect the BBC, especially for the iPlayer and the overall quality of their radio and TV productions, and am sad to see them being forced to make cutbacks (which they will be criticised for in a few months time!!)

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