For me, I think I would concentrate on having the BBC provide the things that other broadcasters struggle with, other stuff moved elsewhere.
I would hand Radio 1 and 1Xtra to the Channel 4 Corporation. This way they would become commercially funded, but still publicly owned, focussed and accountable. Perhaps BBC Three's PSB requirements could also be transferred to Channel 4's E4 in a similar move.
BBC Radio 5live to merge with BBC Local (and nations) Radio, under the control of BBC News. The new network would be all-speech during the week and mostly locally produced and edited with BBC News providing cuts and packages for national stories that would be used locally, as necessary. Nationally networked programmes from London/Salford amounting to 'appointment to listen' news 'bulletins of record' 3 or 4 times per day, overnight sustaining feeds and rolling coverage of national events/breaking news. Locally relevant sports coverage, national coverage moves to BBC Sport Radio.
BBC 5live Sports Extra to be renamed BBC Sport Radio and continue on DAB. BBC Radio 4Extra would close.
BBC Radio 3 remains untouched. BBC Radio 2 reviewed - It's popular and I wouldn't want to change it, but I am not sure it should be the BBCs responsibility to provide a mass-market music service to already well-served middle-age listeners. BBC Asian network should probably be spun-off into an external S4C type arrangement.
Radio 4 broadly untouched, but taking over responsibility for BBC World Service. WS becomes a relay of 4, albeit with a great number of opt-outs.
Presumption of closure for all BBC Radio MW and LW transmissions, except where exceptional circumstances exist (and review whether smaller FM/DAB relays could be used instead).
Avoid 'dual-illumination', where possible, both on TV and radio. Move to DAB(+)-only at earliest possible convenience, same for DVB-T2 and S2 with MPeg4/HD transmissions.
BBC News needs to be looked at, it's huge. I appreciate that the depth of reporting sets it apart from its rivals... but then its headcount sets it apart from its rivals. I am sure a balance could be found.
Though it would cost more, so not exactly a cut, I would probably change the whole purpose of the News Channel and run it on a regional basis more as I have described the BBC Local Radio/5live hybrid. The BBC has to retain big resources in the regions all day anyway despite producing less than an hour of content per day. Doing it this way would cost more, but deliver more value for money. It would probably be the first time since the NCs creation that the channel would be properly described as 'distinctive' and not just a SkyNews spoiler. You could probably even run the channel on a 'newswheel'/automated basis (ala NY1 or Euronews) at various times of the day to make it more economical. This channel would be the only outlet for regionalised content, making BBC One similar to BBC Two in distribution.
BBC Online would become less focused on being a publisher and more focussed on providing programme support for its broadcasting output. BBC News exempt from this.
BBC iPlayer to become just iPlayer and be a joint venture between all UK PSBs. Hopefully this would be commercially exploitable and there would be some return to the licence fee payer.
More controversially, with the BBC having full ownership of its share of UKTV I would create a 'UKTV One' type service. This could potentially take the more commercially friendly, mass audience programmes onto a commercially funded channel that would plough profits back into PSB output on the BBC proper.
If I could get away with UKTV One then I would effectively merge BBC One and BBC Two in the process - That most likely would never be allowed to happen, and so BBC One and Two would probably remain unscathed.
Finally, the need a huge management cull.
Last edited by lhx1985 on 17 October 2018 8:17pm