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Goodbye BBC Red Button!

The BBC is going to make saving this year of £150m because people are disconnecting their TV tuners and using the iPlayer online.

BBC Red Button to be cut off  Photograph: unknown
BBC Red Button to be cut off Photograph: unknown
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Too many people have been Cord Cutting...

Details have emerged today[1] of the current cuts to BBC services that will be made to save £150m from the BBC's budget – you might have had a go yourself at predicting the nature of the cuts.

From the £201.0m annual cost of BBC Online, iPlayer and Red Button budget, the £16m spent of Red Button will stop and £12m will be cut from BBC online. 

Another £35m will cut Sports rights,  £12m from the TV services, £5m from BBC News.

£50m more will be about 1,000 job cuts and £20m from long-term contracts.

This still leaves another £513m or so to be cut each year by 2020 to deal with the BBC taking on the social sending of free TV licences for the over-75s, something the governing parties manifesto promised to provide.

Will you miss the Red Button or is a relic from the pre-internet era? 


[1]  BBC unveils £50m cut to sport and TV under savings plan

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Sunday, 15 May 2016
2:34 AM

terrible shame to cut this

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nicholas's 32 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Monday, 30 May 2016
Nick Anderson
9:11 AM

Can the website make it absolutely clear exactly how many HD only channels are available nationally and regionally throughout the U.K. and which ones they are?

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Nick Anderson's 55 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
9:27 AM

Nick Anderson:

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michael's 1 post GB
Thursday, 2 June 2016
Richard Cooper
10:33 AM Norwich

Nick Anderson: Brian's website already makes clear which channels are HD only, but the following summary might help you: LCN 45: Film4+1, LCN 57 (VIVA), a music channel, LCN 63 (Community Channel), LCN 67 (CBSReality +1), LCN71 (CBS Drama), LCN 77 (Rishtey Europe), 78 (5USA+1), 81 (TalkingpicturesTV), 101 to 113 (main HD channels), 123 (CBBC HD), 124 (CBeebies HD), 134 (Al Jazeera Arabic) and 733 (Trans World Radio). This list was produced on Fri 20th May and so was accurate on that date. There may, of course, have been changes since, of which I am unaware! Hope the above info helps you: I gleaned all of this info. from Brian's website, of course! Richard, Norwich, Thurs 2nd. June 2016.

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Richard Cooper's 424 posts Gold Gold GB
Richard's: Freeview map terrain plot frequency data R&TI Service digitaluk trade DAB coverage
Monday, 13 June 2016
6:51 PM

No BBC (1,2 or 4) from Sandy Heath since Friday night. CB24

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Alan's 2 posts GB
Sunday, 19 June 2016
Nick Anderson
9:44 PM

It is disgraceful of the BBC to decide to end the red button service as it has now become established as an integral part of the freeview service and should be continued if only for the use of those who do not possess a computer at home.

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Nick Anderson's 55 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Thursday, 29 September 2016
Stephen Jones
1:03 PM

This is all the fault of the Tories. They have used and abused the BBC.
It is shameful.

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Stephen Jones's 1 post GB
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