Reasons Not To Top-Slice #4

July 2, 2009

Roy Greenslade’s column in the Evening Standard and my comment:

Top slicing puts British media on an inevitable path towards PSB on an American model i.e. underfunded niche services for elites and mass commercial services with no real ambition or moral purpose.

It’s also a recipe for even more political interference, regulation and red tape. It will reduce diversity and plurality. “Grants for outcomes” will not produce “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue”.

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3 Responses to “Reasons Not To Top-Slice #4”

  1. Adrian Monck Says:

    I wouldn’t bet the farm on Clue. Hardly The Wire now is it?… Top-slicing is pointless since the BBC needs to be either bigger to play globally or much, much smaller. First requires more funding than the licence fee, second more butchery than politicians and public have stomach for.

    A period of relative decline beckons, masked by the decimation of commercial rivals.

  2. nickreynoldsatwork Says:

    In what way is The Wire better than Clue?

    Is The Wire funnier, perhaps?

    I like the BBC the size it is now…

  3. Adrian Monck Says:

    You may like the BBC the size it is now, a future Conservative govt…?


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