June 30, 2004


Encouraging noises from the BBC, ahead of their bid for a renewal of the licence fee. Grade is apparently set to reposition the BBC as a quality broadcaster, with a commitment to more single dramas, prime-time current affairs and culture shows, and more investment in the excellent BBC Four.

Single dramas: now that's significant. The problem with the BBC is not so much its lack of investment in drama per se, but rather the type of drama ('lavish' costume, period dramas) which has become the default option for the corporation.

Let's hope that Grade is serious about giving substance to these claims.

Posted by mark at June 30, 2004 10:32 PM | TrackBack

I notice with some sadness, however - and I know I'll be echoed here by Sean Loaf and Philip Mind - that Grade will be axing Fame Academy. Keep FA, get rid of all those gardening/ home improvement and lifestyle shows, that's what I say...

Posted by: mark k-p at June 30, 2004 11:51 PM