If the BBC really did come under sustained pressure to review the situation I honestly think they should make the point of what the service would look like should they fund them and pull the channels that would have to be closed for a few days, and then see what people really think of the reality.
Nice idea – but I suspect in reality people would just say 'get rid of Gary Lineker and Graham Norton (etc. etc.)'.
Whatever the arguments for higher paid talent, it's hard to persuade the public that you're poor when you're paying people large amounts of money. Sure it doesn't add up to the projected £745m, but the public doesn't perceive it that way.
Here's a couple of things that have been mentioned to me in recent weeks by 'ordinary folk'.
'Why did they send so many reporters to Madrid for the Champs League Final ?'
'Why is Sally from Breakfast in Nice on the beach giving us the sports news, while there's another reporter at the stadium ?
I'm making no comment one way or another as to the validity of those observations, but perception of spending and cost, is more important than the actual reality
For this reason, I've never thought it a terribly good idea to do 'lives' on the 10pm national and regional bulletins from outside of a building that's been empty since 6pm.
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