Post by Peter Stirling on May 27, 2022 14:27:47 GMT
God knows! what BBC3 is all about LOL. I would like BBC4 to remain on the air, and they have been trying lately with archive shows and classic films but maybe these mean nothing to the majority viewers of today? and they can't get the viewing figures to justify it being a regular TV channel?
Comedy never dates- accept where the comics relied on the audience also being in love with them as those audiences pass away. I may be wrong but the discoveries(despite the time and effort of restoration) of Morecambe & Wise shows in the past few years did not cause even a small ripple despite being shown on the traditional BBC channels.
Well I guess the Beeb have made a once tough decision very easy for me now: BBC4 was the only reason I was still paying for my license.
True, the channel’s not exactly being scrapped but to see it suffer the same fate as the execrable ‘yoof’ chasing BBC3 (before it was nonsensically resuscitated), a channel that has only ever produced guff and pitiable ratings, beggars belief.
It seems the BBC has made its priorities abundantly clear. I think I’ll let others fund those priorities now…
For 20 years I've said the BBC should focus on the highest quality drama, comedy, children's, arts and culture as there was no longterm future in anything else. Instead, largely, it chose the opposite (soaps, youth, junk) and now the day of reckoning is here.
Some people I know in their 60s, 70s and 80s don't watch BBC and choose Talking Pictures instead and why should that be the case? Pretty shocking when you think what budget TPTV has compared to the BBC.
I think probably the BBC should be a single top quality free-to-air TV channel - BBC2 in the form it used to be 30 years ago - and Radio 1, 2, 3 and 4. All funded from tax with safeguards in place to prevent government interference. BBC Studios and Worldwide could do some sort of subscription services. So it will be like The National Theatre, Royal Ballet etc. Back to being a cultural institution instead of Eastenders. It urgently needs a clear out of staff to achieve this.
But I bet they DON'T pursue an upmarket cultural audience and continue with the same disasterous, pandering "get down with the kids" path. That would be inline with all the disasterous mistakes that have been made in recent decades.
Last Edit: May 28, 2022 10:45:23 GMT by garygraham
Post by Ronnie McDevitt on May 29, 2022 20:22:49 GMT
Not so long ago there were plans to make BBC4 an archive channel to make material more accessible to licence payers. Shortly after the announcement a columnist in Radio Times expressed her dissatisfaction at a repeats only channel and urged readers to contact the BBC to complain about the plans. Maybe she is happy now the channel will disappear from the schedules.
This is sad news and I echo the thoughts of those above. I would much rather have BBC4 than BBC3. The way the BBC keep trying to appeal to youth audiences who don't watch it anyway is lamentable. At the same time, they are ignoring 'quality' programming and its own rich archive. The BBC have been saying for years they are going to make their archive material more accessible, but it never happens.