What would you like to see on Freeview in place of BBC three?
The BBC seems set to move BBC Three onto the BBC iPlayer. What should the BBC do with the channel's precious broadcast bits and top-page Freeview slot 7?36 comments “Having only Freeview and owning a net tv, I, like many others are short on High Definition channels. As I live under the Mendip transmitter umbrella I”
Which 29 stars wrote Prime Minister Cameron to ask him to protect the BBC?
We are writing to place on record at the very start of the process our concern that nothing should be done to diminish the BBC or turn it into a narrowly focused market-failure broadcaster....23 comments “Nick: For someone who doesn t feel that a reply is warrented (as you ve said in at least one previous post), why do reply to me? However, lets go thro”
Chancellor George 18% BBC fee cut to lowest level of BBC TV since B&W 1978
Yes, it's back to when most homes had black and white televisions and there was only two TV channels on air because cutting the BBC income by 18% is what is going to be done tomorrow.26 comments “RichardW: Both sets of reception predictors indicate your area as not being particularly good for reception, the reason for, basically being down to t”
What is the BBC going to cut to fund free TV licences for 4m homes with over 75s
Just before the turn of the century, popular - with 43.2% of voters - New Labour Chancellor Gordon Brown found 300 million quid to pay the TV Licences for households with pensioners aged 75 or over. The dilemma for Tory Chancellor George Osborne, with 36.9% of the population behind him and cuts to make, is how to live up to a recent manifesto commitment to keep the pensioner benefits?11 comments “Briantist: It would be interesting if someone like GeordieLad could actually define what they mean by non commercial , and educational and information”
BBC Charter renewal: what of TV news for the UK?
Who still watches rolling news channel or half-hour news shows? Lots of people it seems!4 comments “I watch the News Channel regularly and enjoy it. I also watch Sky News from time to time. I like current affairs programming and it features heavily i”
- Charles Stuart
Should Ofcom regulate the BBC?
The BBC Trust seems to be not really living up to expectations. Would Ofcom be a suitable body to regulate the BBC?15 comments “I ve just had an idea about how Ofcom could replace the BBC Trust. It would be a very strange situation if Ofcom found itself having to threaten the B”
- Charles Stuart
BBC Licence fee and new Charter: the political reality
Let's have an honest look at the current political situation and what it means for the BBC Charter renewal.12 comments “Briantist: Thanks for your thoughts - your perfectly right when you point out that people really like the BBC, despite the newspapers. Its just that t”
Licence fee replacements: All-homes broadcast contribution?
Having looked at the Finnish income-based model, and the French council-tax add-on, the version preferred by the Select Committee Report is the German Model. Let us have a closer look.25 comments “anyone aware that the epg listings on freeview have been given the wrong start times starting from sunday march 27 breakfast news 5-9am wrong it shoul”
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Income-based broadcast support tax
Let us look in more detail at the income-based broadcasting tax that could, as had happened in Finland, replace the TV Licence.7 comments “Wont this mean even less income considering the amount of people on low income? People on a higher income will be moaning and quite rightly so for hav”
TV Licence replacement: is going to be French, Finnish or German?
Back in February 2015, the Culture Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons published their Future of the BBC report. It looked at three other systems in use to collect money for the public service broadcaster. Which do you like?26 comments “Excuse me LongTime...... you really haven t got any idea how deaf,disabled,blind people have to fight to get proper access to TV... how dare you to te”
Moores Law: Infographic
I detect the odd bit of disbelief in the changes that are expected to digital TV in the coming decade. So I thought it would be interesting to show you the last 40 years and how we have moved from kilobytes, to megabytes to gigabytes in that time.6 comments “Technology has moved so fast now-days. I find it incredible that PC s Laptops now can be upgraded to 32GB of ram... but sell them with 8gb of ram... i”
What is in store for the next round of BBC cuts?
The BBC have asked their Anne Bulford to produce a report, "Driving efficiency at the BBC" that shows where the next lot of cuts are going to happen. What does it mean for you?45 comments “Rob: I dont pretend to know everything. If I did, I wouldn t need to keep to asking for you to back up your opinion that BBC bosses to be on over infl”
What is in store for the next round of BBC regional TV cuts?
Taking out 25% - 250 million pounds - from the BBC television budget next year is going to be a challenge. Today I look at how the BBC regional news services in England might be "reshaped" to the smaller budget.31 comments “Graham F Lewendon: I find the national far more useful than the local. Our local news really isn t local at all - its an entirely different region. If”
What is in store for the next round of BBC Radio cuts?
How on earth can you cut nearly a quarter (22%) from the BBC Radio budget? What does taking 35 million pounds a year away look like?14 comments “geoffrey o neill:From my personal view, I will happily stay with FM but not DAB. As a very experianced choral singer since the age of 11 I have c”
BBC Three week: the history of BBC Three
Before looking to the future of the channel, first lets look back 22 years and see how we got here.10 comments “Richard Cooper: Have you all noticed how much more spam this site is getting, even compared with a year ago. Any ideas why?”
BBC Three week: what does TV look like in 2025?
What is television is going to look like in 2025. Will there still be channels? Will people still be watching live TV? Will personal video recorders be a thing of the past? Will channels like "Dave" be something to our grandchildren, with faint nostalgia?15 comments “I be honest... i don t really like the idea TV to be internet based service.... if this happens we will be spied on and what programmes we watch and h”
BBC 2017: Tell me about the 16 options to collect the BBC 4 billion quid a year?
This is a look at sixteen options to fund the BBC in the coming decade. I know you will be surprised by how the options have stacked up: the question is do we change the Licence Fee to one of these smart ideas?32 comments “Briantist: Is there a figure for total TV ad spend? C4 and C5 obviously would add to the figure, as would the smaller channels, and I did see that Sky”
TV and radio demographics: a BBC time bomb?
Teenagers and young adults have always founds more interesting things to do other than watch the TV, but will the next decade see them not return? Is television, like radio, destined to become a ghetto for oldies?6 comments “Would be nice if BBC iplayer radio actually worked most of the time. I have had to contact them several times in the last month alone because for some”
BBC, plc 2017: BBC announcement
The manifesto promised to "remove the legacy of public service by transferring all broadcasting to the private sector", with just a month to go before the shares in BBC plc are allocated, the BBC issues a statement to clarify the services that will be provided in their subscription offer.15 comments “Briantist: Beebview...like it. Still doesn t have quite the snap of Skynet though....”
TV Licence decriminalization: just how much is it going to cost you?
As there is the potential for the BBC funding method to be changed by Parliament today, I thought it might be helpful to look at how much extra it would cost - or what services would be cut - if the BBC moved from the Licence Fee to subscription or adverts.23 comments “Rob: I was thinking along the same lines as far as SSD s are concerned (a liittle pricey at present), but I can see exactly why a Cloud system would b”
BBC Productions: will it be Arqiva mark two in 2017?
BBC Director General Tony Hall has finally made his mark on the future of the BBC. If Greg Dyke launched Freeview, Mark Thompson takes credit for the iPlayer, how will the Tony Hall plan fare for Auntie?17 comments “trevorjharris: We ve had the World Cup, etc, but there was plenty of other things available, and there were no more repeats than at any other time. Br”
Why the BBC should abandon 700+m "regional news" to fund local radio, BBC three,
In summary: the more I think about this, the more it makes sense for the BBC to withdraw from so-called regional news and plough the extensive savings - 715 million pounds a year - into an improved local radio network, keeping BBC three on the television, expanding BBC FOUR and creating a new daily tea-time family comedy spot. Part of the savings would be used for a Scottish Six news programme, plus NI Six.83 comments “MikeP has made a good point about VHF compared with UHF though UHF with a larger aerial and pre-amp was nearly as useful for covering no-signal spots ”
- Rog Parsons
BBC three to be taken online and replaced on Freeview and satellite with BBC 1+1
This will be subject to the approval of the BBC Trust: however it seems that the BBC will save 50 million pounds a year moving BBC three online. 30 million of the savings will boost drama on BBC One. The Freeview, satellite and cable capacity will be used to repeat BBC One shows an hour later from 8pm to 4am. The CBBC channel will remain on air until 8pm.61 comments “Excuse me for being thick, but how can scrapping BBC three save money, if it is still going to be broadcast on the internet and the transmission slot ”
BBC plc, 2017. The new CEO decides between ITV and HBO
Following a manifesto commitment to "remove the legacy of public service by transferring all broadcasting to the private sector", the incoming government decides to sell off the BBC when the Royal Charter expires on the 31st December 2016.19 comments “MikeB: Re: BBC and allegation of left wing bias, I would say that the various examples given in the second / third paragraphs of your posting just abo”