In adversity, opportunity
In Uncategorized on November 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm
Posted by Andy Bell
These are difficult times for the world’s best known & most highly respected broadcaster, the BBC.
As the vultures circle and prepare to swoop, it would serve the organisation well to get back on the front foot.
Here’s a notion from a former employee of the Corporation that, I believe, would secure Public Service Broadcasting in the UK as well as re-invent the BBC.
*Make the British Broadcasting Corporation an umbrella body for numerous autonomous organisations making content for radio, TV & online.
*The radio, television and online divisions to operate as separate non-commercial entities funded by a mixture of a reduced license fee and direct government grants .
*Separate organisations for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland & the English regions.
*Online output skewed towards education, broadcasting archive and delayed viewing of current output.
This would revive the federal structure which made ITV
such an important institution for three decades or so AND dismantle the failed management structure.
All this while retaining Public Service Broadcasting.
Not perfect, but please consider.
As the clock shows, it is several minutes to midnight for the BBC.
BACKGROUND: I worked for the BBC in the 1980s and contribute to its Welsh language radio and TV programs. I currently work in Melbourne at the ABC.
These are my personal views based on a broadcasting career of more than 30 years.