BBC Cutbacks: What Will Happen To Our Media?

March 3, 2010 by Clark 

411LHpWYd2L. SL160  BBC Cutbacks: What Will Happen To Our Media?The BBC has announced huge cuts in its spending, and the closure of a number of elements such as BBC6 and the BBC Asian Network. The corporation is working towards making sure that 80% of its income (paid for by British citizens from their TV license fees), and is paring back its online content and much more in a huge move towards becoming more streamlined. The corporation is looking to sell off its magazines and a slew of other moves to save money and improve the content they can offer.

This has understandably caused a huge backlash and a huge amount of debate on the subject, with celebrities, musicians and broadcasting professionals all making their feelings heard. Lily Allen has written a very eloquent piece that appears on the front page of today’s Guardian, which I have to a519VwI0rJHL. SL160  BBC Cutbacks: What Will Happen To Our Media?gree with.

If the BBC is to close down services such as BBC6 (which, while it doesn’t have a massive audience, the audience it has is loyal and eclectic), then there should be a look at how elements of those stations can be integrated into the others that are available. BBC6 Music has a number of elements that would work well if shifted to Radio 2, for example.

As it currently is, there are parts of every radio station and every TV channel that could be incorporated into others, meaning that the BBC could could back adequately while still offering good content for consumers.

The attempts the B51vOcFKASRL. SL160  BBC Cutbacks: What Will Happen To Our Media?BC is making to cut corners, if done right, will hopefully mean that we will be offered a much better service. I mean, do we really need all of those digital channels? No, we don’t. Many seemed to go live just for the sake of it, while a few (BBC7 for example) are wonderful and do cater for an audience that was being overlooked.

Similarly, the loss of the BBC Asian network could be softened by focussing on improving the Asian shows currently available on local services. We need to see these cutbacks by the BBC as an opportunity to have better content, rather than just less content. Hopefully the BBC will see it the same way. Having said that, the job losses these cutbacks will entail are a very negative aspect indeed.

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