Timmy elsewhere

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Will opportunity cost kill the BBC?

5 thoughts on “Timmy elsewhere”

  1. Its _broadcast_ TV that is dying, the on demand services are fast becoming the medium of choice, as with the music industry, it is the distribution mechanism that has changed.

    The BBC abandoned programme making long ago so it is going to degenerate into iPlayer competing with the likes of Netflix and Lovefilm, as you say this undermines the excuse for having a publicly funded organisation.

    A programme maker may as well sell direct to Netflix or some other on-demand channel, in fact, with the modular approach to video streaming, a programme maker can “broadcast” as well.

    The BBC does produce news content, and as we all know that is above reproach, especially when it reports on organisations that cover up crimes like child abuse.

  2. One thing to consider is that British broadcast TV is almost 100% aimed at women now. They’ve moved what used to be daytime TV (soap operas, hospital dramas, magazine shows) to early evening.

    Most blokes I know talk more about movies than TV now. There is no Sweeney or Minder. Top Gear is the exception. And BBC’s comedy is total shite now.

  3. The only problem with this thesis is that it’s not true. The average daily hours of TV viewing per person in the UK has remained fairly constant since 1995, and there’s no sign of either a short or long term decline. Despite new media choices, television is still number one with young adults.

  4. As long as Radio 4 survives, preferably keeping 4 Extra as well, I’ll be happy. Though there are a couple of 5Live podcasts I quite like…

  5. “Will opportunity cost kill the BBC?” We live in hope.

    And if not, let’s just take away the license fee.

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