Part of that problem is the loss of local commercial radio to increasing large chunks of the country. In North Yorkshire there are currently three local commercial stations deeply ingrained in their local communities each broadcasting locally with no sharing of programs, while their is a solitary BBC station based in York and too York focussed. From September Bauer are closing, unless a miracle happens, the commercial stations replacing them with a quasi national service that has a 3 hour "local" drive time show, but by local they are using OFCOMs definition which is actually regional and that hence will be for the whole of Yorkshire. One of the three was voted earlier this year as being the third best local station in the country behind two BBCs ones.There is much greater variety of programmes on BBC radio than on the commercial radios, but it is difficult for commercial radios to compete.
At +/- £3 a week I feel it's still good value as I get R4 as well which I feel is excellent. I'd pay £3/week just for R4.It's poor value these days. Less and less decent dramas and films and more and more mindless celeb dancing and cooking programmes, talent shows, etc. Suppose it says as much about what the bulk of the British public want as they wouldn't keep churning it out if it wasn't popular.
1971I'm not sure if TV quality has declined, or if I just grew out of it. I look back with rose tinted glasses to the days when telly was brilliant (late 70s and 80s), but I'm sure my Nanna was sat in the background muttering What a load of rubbish! ...and rewatching some of the stuff I used to be glued to, it really hasn't aged well. Maybe it was always a bit crap but i was too naive to realise.
I agree with PaulSB, £3 a week for radio4 (and 6music) would be money well spent, but i don't have to pay it so i don't.
Why did they scrap the radio licence? ...was it early/mid 80s??
Indeed. Expect Ofcom’s requirement that broadcasters are fair and balanced across their output to be dropped in favour of a more, ahem, market driven model in the not too distant future.Enjoy the balanced UK version of Fox News coming to a screen near you on FTA TV Murdovision style.
Sir Royston Merchant made real. News filtered because the network owner has interests in the country/company/political party that deserves a story to be aired as matter of public interest. It happens all the time in the utter dross that passes as TV news in privately owned mainland European networks, Berlusconi owned networks are serial offenders of missing stories that are uncomfortable or unprofitable for the owner.Indeed. Expect Ofcom’s requirement that broadcasters are fair and balanced across their output to be dropped in favour of a more, ahem, market driven model in the not too distant future.
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