Boiler wrote: ↑
Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:25 pm
This 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
The decline is so sad to see, from someone who remembers the 1970s television scene well.
I recall reading that for Thames, losing their franchise was partly revenge for their "Death on the Rock" documentary.
Every now and again ITV will do a clip show along the lines of "Embarrassing stuff from yesteryear", with a subtext of "Ha ha, how regional". But I watched one and thought "you know, wasn't it nice when you had programming that knew and was aimed at its audience, and people took risks?".
"It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail." - Gore Vidal.
"I proved that you're wrong. And if you're wrong, I'm right." - Aaron Eckhart.