Lowering the tone...
I didn’t know Abers was over 75.
JOHN HUMPHRYS: It was crass to let Andrew Neil treat the Prime Minister as a naughty boy. But Boris Johnson's bullying makes me fear for the BBC
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/arti ... y-boy.html
The most radical current affairs in this country came out of Granada and Thames not the BBC. They still had to work within a public service framework. And the best stuff I've seen on Cambridge Analytica was funded by Netflix while the BBC produced next to nothing on the subject. John Oliver's HBO show contains the best investigative journalism I've seen lately. Asked why the UK can't do that Oliver said he is given a huge pile of money to fund the level of research and journalistic rigour that the BBC can't afford. The Tory motivation for attacking the BBC is very different to mine but fuck BBC News and current affairs its been getting away too long masquerading as a serious news organisation. And it could be a much better one if its balls weren't controlled by the executive. Or lack of them.Boiler wrote: ↑Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:31 amWell, when the BBC's gone we'll not have stuff like this. I don't see newspapers or the independent television sector rushing to do this.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/ideas/videos/a-ho ... s-anything
I recall reading that for Thames, losing their franchise was partly revenge for their "Death on the Rock" documentary.Boiler wrote: ↑Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:25 pmThis is the thing I find most depressing. When the public service remit requirement was removed from the ITV franchising arrangements, it fuelled a race to the bottom.
Granada and Thames, as has been pointed out, could kick the BBC's arse very firmly in the current affairs departments. Anglia could equally kick its arse in nature programming (Survival, anyone?).
The decline is so sad to see, from someone who remembers the 1970s television scene well.
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