The BBC can Only sell space on BBC B ( not in gifted BBCA )
But the cost of space in any PSB muxes so high it is not really commercially attractive ...
And discounting it too much is state aid in EU law ( and the DailyMail effect!)
( whuch is why the temp comm muxes are very attractive in term of £ per bit even taking into account limited coverage )
It's the first I've heard of it but to be honest I'm not entirely shocked. When BBC4 started it was one of the best channels on TV especially its documentary output i.e Timeshift.
this is true then I hope the documentary output will be picked up by BBC 2.
If BBC One showed Newsnight after The News at Ten and then the regional news, it would have two and a half hours of continuous news. That is not suitable for what should be a generalist multi-genre channel appealing to the widest range of viewers.
Timeshift never really went away, it just sort of gradually drifted towards an "as and when" sort of project and still gets repeated on a semi-regular basis (especially now BBC Four is doing its "educating" thing) - next week is a repeat of an Timeshift episode about bread. "The aptly-named Tom Baker narrates a tale of aspiration, industrialisation and plain old-fashioned snobbery in a documentary which unwraps the story of the rise of the popular loaf and how it has shaped the way we eat. "
While BBC Two would cover bread on Inside The Factory, which is basically code for "looking at really big production lines while lots of people stand around waiting to interject if something breaks down", that would only skim the surface of the history of bread itself. And that's where the BBC Two audience would stop. For further details, well here's BBC Four.
To be honest BBC Four does a lot of stuff that its closest commercial equivalent (Sky Arts) doesn't and wouldn't. While its true to say Four has taken a lot away from BBC Two, it could probably be argued that a lot of what now airs on BBC Four wouldn't get a look in Two in the first place.
Theoretically speaking, if Freeview went HD-only, how much of a difference would it make to the quantity of channels?