Correct. I'm a big fan of TV history as anyone around here - but I also don't have a pair of rose tinted specs (anti-glare and transistions, yes, rose tinted, no) and a realist.
TV industry evolves. Keep up or wither away. This thing I'm typing on and you are reading it on, has the power to kill off television as we know it.
Like it or not, the days of multi sized purpose built for television studios, with on site drape painters, props makers, carpentry, costume, and in house animation departments are over.
Technology has made the tv programme recording process - particularly for drama - easier and cheaper.
That's what Television Centre has become. A smaller, leaner, modern based television production centre which any broadcaster can now use, for today's programme making requirements. In the same way back when it opened in early 1960, that was built for that era's requirements to make programmes.
You cannot keep the 'old style' centres of the 70's & 80's going with studios lying empty for days on end, and the only need to keep it open "because 'Morecambe and Wise' once recorded a big set piece for the 1976 Christmas night show in there and wouldn't be a shame and Eric wouldn't be happy if we knocked it down?"
ITV are going to make more money playing property landlords (remember, it's another revenue non-broadcasting stream and be less reliant on tv advertising, another thing the internet will slowly chew up) than they are hiring out TLS
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The most sensible and grown up post I have read on this forum for ages, thank you.
Agree totally with everything you say.
The industry is moving on - keep up - or die.