‘Do you wish to make tea for the BBC?’ The Conflict famously sang within the punk wars…now it seems like you’ll have to carry your individual tea luggage if you wish to make any tradition content material underneath the brand new regime that’s crushing life out of the media channel and sending music and tradition lovers to hunt new content material on-line.
BBC4 will not fee new documentary sequence as the humanities and tradition channel is downgraded to a repeats-led community. The channel, that had been dwelling to many groundbreaking music documentaries up to now few years, and has developed a powerful repute for music, science and historical past sequence since its inception in 2002.
That dreaded phrase, ‘Executives’ have determined that its comparatively small viewers, older than the nationwide common at 62, doesn’t justify continued funding in commissions. As an alternative the station will change into the “dwelling of probably the most distinctive content material from throughout the BBC’s archive”, broadcasting repeats for the overwhelming majority of its schedule.
This leaves little or no house for the form of cultural content material the BBC was well-known for.