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Is this the begining of the end of the BBC? (Read 1121 times)
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Is this the begining of the end of the BBC?
Jan 11th, 2017, 3:40pm
 
As we know it?

Thatcher wanted to decimate the BBC to a Publisher/Broadcaster only.  Her government introduced the 10% indie quota, which has now been increased to 100% by the beeb itself insisting that there will be no protected BBC made programmes.  Not that the BBC have a programme making arm - it got rid of that. Even 'BBC Studios' productions have to hire in!

Now some idiot among the mandarins has decided to 'improve' iplayer.  I quote from this vision of 2020 (not far away!):-

"We need it to make the leap from a catch-up service to a must-visit destination in its own right," he said.
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One way the service might do this is by making more series available in their entirety on iPlayer, before they are screened on television."

 So the BBC is to be reduced to a Netfix lookalike.  It is me or does anyone else see that this is so wrong on many levels.
-- A substantial proportion of the viewing public either doesn't have or want Broadband or can't get a fast enough service.
-- Those that have BB may have a cap which watching on iplayer will soon exceed.
-- If the shift to iplayer is huge then there will be even louder calls for the Licence Fee to be scrapped in favour of subscription.

Even the BBC website reporter, David Sillito, sees the perils:
"TV ratings still matter enormously to schedulers and they will undoubtedly object to seeing their most expensive, prestige programming appearing in a way that undermines the feeling of it being an event.
The idea that vital plot twists will appear on social media - and in the newspapers - before something is shown on BBC One would annoy large parts of the audience and also undermine the pleasure of going on to Twitter or Facebook after an episode in order to comment, or try to understand what you've just seen. "
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Reply #1 - Jan 11th, 2017, 6:02pm
 
What I found most worrying about Lord Hall's speech was this:
Beyond entertainment, the BBC will put a stronger emphasis on "slow news" - meaning more in-depth analysis of topics and issues to run alongside the "fast" breaking news and day-to-day events.
I interpret this as meaning that more and more content will be what someone decides we should be force-fed rather than the agenda we used to call "News"....and that's already evidenced by the relentless cross-Corporation "special weeks" where every regional TV and local radio station is pumping out the same constructed reportage thus artificially shaping "public opinion" in a way I find extremely disturbing. I love(d) the BBC but I trusted it implicitly. I no longer give it that level of trust.
Richard, this IS the beginning of the end. It may now be too late to alter he inevitable course of events, given the appointment of the new Chair.
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Reply #2 - Jan 13th, 2017, 11:23am
 

Interesting stuff
I wouldn't mind betting that a two stage iPlayer is being prepped. Free( e.g. included on licence fee) for stuff that only appears after transmission and is retained for a month-then £8.99 a month( user name and password!) for Iplayer2 -those willing to pay for immediate access for binge viewing with permanent retention of all past programming. This charge would be in addition to the existing licence fee.

Using a crystal ball, I can also see the demise of BBC4 and Cbeebies with specialist programming only being made available via Iplayer2?

What else is under threat-apart from the resulting job cuts?
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Reply #3 - Jan 17th, 2017, 10:24am
 
BBC 4 seems to be almost all repeats at present anyway! Though not all bad as some have been missed by me anyway!
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Reply #4 - Jan 24th, 2017, 8:06am
 
Agreed-BBC4 content is indeed top quality-but -like BBC3-is easily suited to Iplayer only.
Re broadband Cheesy-I live in a poor broadband speed area-but am easily able to receive good quality iPLAYER-via wifi with no buffering. This was achieved by properly positioning my router via the master telephone plug-and ensuring that no brick walls prohibited the signal.
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Reply #5 - Jan 26th, 2017, 2:40pm
 
I agree with some of the comments regarding programme content and if it should only be on iPlayer.  However surely iPlayer has to be upgraded to keep in line with other online systems.  We cannot be left with some antiquated system that even fewer people will watch.  I do accept that there are areas where broadband isn't great but isn't that all going to be solved!!!!!  Iplayer needs to keep up, different ways of distributing programmes need to be used.  After all if Sky can say they hope to do away with satellite dishes, will the many masts on top of hills still be with us in 20 years?  
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