Ms Frostrup sets out to defend the BBC

Seven years ago, when I first started at Radio 4, my show, currently the BBC\’s only designated book programme, had two full-time producers and one part-time. Today, one person does three jobs for a salary that has twice been frozen.

She doesn\’t manage it all that successfully.

Seriously, how much bloody production time do you think is needed to produce 30 minutes of chat about books once a week?

5 thoughts on “Ms Frostrup sets out to defend the BBC”

  1. In Frostrup’s world that’s 3 jobs. In the real world it’s 3 thirds of a job.

    The BBC, like other media empires, have enjoyed bumper revenue over the years. As costs of production have fallen they have expanded their empires into more channels, more radio stations, more papers and magazines or whatever.

    We’ve never had so many channels to watch. Yet as so much of it is repeats why not consolidate them into fewer channels?

  2. 3.5 billion. Paid to them every year. Every year without fail, a guaranteed income of 3500 million.

    That’s all that needs to be said.

  3. Cannot make up my mind whether the visceral hatred of the BBC is cultural or ideological: that it is simply too much to cope with that for 140 quid a year we get an astonishing cornucopia of programming from a public sector institution. Hurts, doesn’t it? Let’s do the business here: the claim that the treasures of the BBC could be delivered by subscription is a false one. The stage-managed contempt for its output always seems to require one thing: a complete unwillingness to engage with its content, channel by channel, programme by programme. Happy to do that with any of its critics any time. Close thy Friedman, open thy Radio Times.

    Tim adds: Not sure it will work with me. Over the past year I’ve appeared on the BBC more often than I’ve watched or listened to it (other than strictly work related necessities).

  4. Well, Tim, I guess it’s a bit like seeing Paris. You have to go there first.

    Start with Radio 4, for the best spoken-word radio in the world. Then sample Radio 3, for the best serious music, drama and intelligent discussion in the world 24/7 (including its greatest annual classical concert series). You can branch out from there, depending on your tastes (which, one might tentatively suggest, is the essence of the BBC). I personally hated Robin Hood (and Merlin), but BBC 1 has a 50 good dramas or documentaries a week. BBC 2 has the best arts and science programming in the world. I’m sure I or someone (maybe my Mum and Dad: they get it all for nothing. Dad meanwhile pays 35.50 a month for his Sky Sports. But, hey, look what he gets for that!) can put you on to BBC 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; the World Service, the Asian Network, Sports Extra, Radios Scotland, Ulster, Wales, Nan Gaidheal, Foyle, Cymru; CBeebies, CBBC, BBC News 24, BBC Parliament. Oh, and (one of) the best download and internet services in the world, including the iPlayer.

    You need to stay in more.

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