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mr_vivian285 posts since 11 Oct 2015
UTV Newsline
In the end, the Internet and the multi channel digital age has put the BBC (and many other services) on its knees and unfortunately that's something nobody seen coming until now.

No, the Tories have put the BBC on its knees. It was thriving as part of the Internet and multi channel revolution up until 2010. It's demise in recent years has been largely political.


Good points Brekkie and Noggin - I have no interest in politics at all - so hands up if my understanding isn't correct.
Whataday7,172 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
We can have a Blue car vs Red car debate on the funding of the BBC until the cows come home.

In terms of BBC Three, it was always a highly controversial decision to allow its existence, and one that even the Labour party hesitated over.

For me it was very much: "Let's create a public-funded channel that will appeal to a market which is highly commercial and already catered for adequately elsewhere. What will we put on it? Mainly repeats and imports but the occasional worthy documentary that could have sat quite nicely elsewhere. We'll pad the rest out with some naff reality TV"

Similarly, a lot of money was frittered away on BBC Online, (later BBCi, then BBC.co.uk and then BBC Online again). There is no denying that the BBC News website initially played a huge influence in the way we digest news, but there are millions more pages of worthless content that were by no means essential, nor desired.
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all new Phil2,169 posts since 12 Feb 2005
Granada North West Today
We can have a Blue car vs Red car debate on the funding of the BBC until the cows come home.

In terms of BBC Three, it was always a highly controversial decision to allow its existence, and one that even the Labour party hesitated over.

For me it was very much: "Let's create a public-funded channel that will appeal to a market which is highly commercial and already catered for adequately elsewhere. What will we put on it? Mainly repeats and imports but the occasional worthy documentary that could have sat quite nicely elsewhere. We'll pad the rest out with some naff reality TV"

Similarly, a lot of money was frittered away on BBC Online, (later BBCi, then BBC.co.uk and then BBC Online again). There is no denying that the BBC News website initially played a huge influence in the way we digest news, but there are millions more pages of worthless content that were by no means essential, nor desired.

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Neil DG2,458 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Granada North West Today
I have no interest in politics at all - so hands up if my understanding isn't correct.

If you care about the BBC...
...or the NHS
... or the pension you'll get when you retire
... or the benefits you may or may not get if you are ill, disabled or unable to get a job for a long time
... or 101 other things about how life works in this country,

then you really need to have at least some awareness of politics.
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DJGM2,505 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Granada North West Today
And be fully aware of who you choose to vote for ... that's if you choose to vote at all.
Tune in to "The Not-So-Late-Show with Greg Mitchell" on Roch Valley Radio Tuesday afternoons at 5pm (new timeslot starting 2nd May) ...
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mr_vivian285 posts since 11 Oct 2015
UTV Newsline
I have no interest in politics at all - so hands up if my understanding isn't correct.

If you care about the BBC...
...or the NHS
... or the pension you'll get when you retire
... or the benefits you may or may not get if you are ill, disabled or unable to get a job for a long time
... or 101 other things about how life works in this country,

then you really need to have at least some awareness of politics.


Kudos ... Well said. You should be a politician. I'd vote for you in the morning sir. Thank You.
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Stuart6,510 posts since 13 Oct 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
Back on topic . . .

I noticed that specific dates have appeared on the TVF calendar for the end of BBC Three as a broadcast channel (and the transition).

Have these been published, as I don't seem to have seen them elsewhere?
Brekkie27,012 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
They've not announced a specific date but I think did say end of January for the closure with a barker to follow for a month, whch is what the calendar shows.

Still think it is absolutely ridiculous that it's closing before the BBC have stated what they plan to use the space for, especially as BBC1+1 was quite rightly rejected. IMO a rejigged BBC3 with less original content but making better use of narrative repeats from BBC1 and BBC2 (vaguely on target, but a bit broader than before) should have been the way forward with CBBC only getting the 7pm hour, then BBC3 airing from 8-2am, with 11.30-2am basically a repeat of 9-11.30pm and Top Gear or Don't Tell the Bride repeats airing at 8pm.

P.S. Could the BBC avoid losing the slot on the EPG by tweaking their channel line up before it closes and basically getting the BBC Red Button into the main section of the EPG. If ITV4+1 and ITVBe+1 can be used to claim an LCN despite only broadcasting 4-6am then I see no reason why BBC Red Button can't move from 601 to 9 (or at least 23) considering it has a fuller schedule of programmes.
Last edited by Brekkie on 31 December 2015 1:19pm
Shouldn't that have been posted in the "John Logie Baird has Invented Television" thread?