I have to disagree. I can't deny that the reality programmes have been thick on the ground, but that can be said for almost all major broadcaster. ITV have their talent shows, TOWIE, and God only knows what else on ITV2. Channel 5 have Big Brother, The Bachelor and whatever other flops they've had in the past, and the BBC have (albeit more high brow) Who Do You Think You Are and The Voice as well as others in the past. It's hardly a Channel 4 issue.
But ITV and BBC air bucket loads of drama as well as airing factual/reality shows. ITV1 are airing drama at 9pm for 5 nights out of 7. Outside of Shameless C4 air what? 10 hours of drama a year.
Channel 4's current schedule is incredibly depressing. '999 what's your emergency'. This is the type of stuff that was on ITV and BBC 1 15 years ago. Hours upon hours of tired 'Million pound drop' and a Sarah Beeny property show
. They've halved the running length of Dispatches to make way for more cookery shows. I'm not even going to start on what happened More 4. Remember this was once a rival to BBC 4.
Do You remember when C4 was an innovative network which ITV and the BBC used to copy?