Reasons Not To Top-Slice #7; Series catch-up for radio

July 14, 2009

From the Radio 4 blog.

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2 Responses to “Reasons Not To Top-Slice #7; Series catch-up for radio”

  1. Jem Stone Says:

    Nick. To play Devils advocate here. This list of rather admirable BBC things could perhaps be used to argue that “only” a licence feed funded public service broadcaster could produce them.

    However they are only reasons why top slicing is a bad idea if you buy the idea that by its very nature top slicing will ultimately kill off the licence fee and thus, weaken the BBC.

    Not everyone of course inside or outside (Ben Bradshaw, Jeremy Hunt for example) necessarily buys that argument.

  2. nickreynoldsatwork Says:

    Top slicing may not kill the licence fee.

    But I can’t see how anyone can argue it won’t weaken the BBC. Inevitably with top-slicing the BBC gets less money and is therefore weaker.

    Top slicing also does not provide any more sources of revenue for other public service content. It’s just the same pot of money divided among more and more people.

    And I would argue divided up in such a way that any content resulting would be poorer than what’s currently on offer from the BBC.

    It’s the Arts Council of The Airwaves idea – which has been ruled out many many times before but seems to be back despite the fact that every time people looked at it in the past it was decided it wouldn’t work.


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