If the BBC needs to save money it could slash its budget for high brow drama and documentaries pitched at a level the typical man cannot understand that is only watched by the middle classes who can afford sky and are well catered for elsewhere. It could also move its sports coverage away from middle-class sports such as Wimbledon and Equestrian and towards sports more popular with the working class that would cost a fraction in terms of rights etc.
Is linear TV - in general - a medium that's moving away from folk in the higher socioeconomic groups towards folk in the lower socioeconomic groups? BBC2 and BBC4 are increasingly looking like islands of exception following the decline in quality of certain satellite channels such as Discovery and History Channel.
Where once ITV produced TV that BBC could only dream of (The World at War, World in Action, Survival), it has been decimated thanks to the company mergers, in fighting and squabbles that happened during the 90s and 2000s. No quality thresholds in place.
In another discussion it was mentioned that outsourcing production to indies has not really been very successful when it comes to having a diverse and high quality selection of programmes on ITV.
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