BBC4's purpose over the past few years seems to be music docs, hosting the annual TOTP history documentary, Eurovision semi-finals and being the home for the weekly TOTP repeats. That's mostly it. The rest of the time it's an ignored channel - I rarely hear of anyone talking about BBC 4 outside of TOTP.
Also honestly - don't underestimate the over 60's. Many I know have been starting to use streaming services more often - and even giving up traditional TV packages to switch to ones with more of a focus on streaming services.
It doesn't help that BBC One and Two don't have super strong line ups at the moment. So my feeling would be that if they can free up money and focus to revitalise the branding for One and give Two some more solid programming. Then losing Four is worth it. That's my two pennies worth anyway.
I’m really sorry, but this is obviously bollocks.
Just because you hang out (either in person or online) in circles where the TOTP repeats are discussed to death, then that doesn’t mean that they are the heartbeat of the channel.
The classical music performances and documentaries are unparalleled and cannot be lost. Where will all the televised Proms concerts be shown? I’d hope BBC Two, but given that (apart from the first and last night) not a single Proms concert has been shown on BBC One or Two for a number of years now, I sadly think that this is unlikely.
Or Tony Palmer and John Bridcut’s films, some of which are just still images with voiceover. Would they really have a place on BBC Two?
Classical music is my subject and my profession, so I am obviously closer to this genre than others but I am sure that other high arts and culture (and science) have a similar place at the heart of BBC Four and it would be a tremendous shame for this to be lost.
Whilst Radio 3 is doing wonderful work on the radio, it is sad that we will be losing its TV equivalent - unless perhaps they could use the Radio 3 brand through iPlayer to stream the Proms, other concerts and documentaries?