Today’s Independent includes and interview with BBC One Controller Peter Fincham in which he discusses the aims and aspirations he has for the BBC’s flagship channel.
He also discusses the success of Doctor Who despite the expectations of failure help by many media commentators saying, “It’s a perfect example of what television is full of – the false prognosis. This genre is dead. This way of viewing is dead. In five years, television will be piped through radiators and we will all watch it.
The reality is that the way we watch television is changing hugely but the appetites, the tastes the audience have, in many ways don’t change although they have to be reinterpreted”
Fincham took up the role earlier this year following the departure of Lorraine Heggessey who was appointed to his old job at TalkbackThames, the independent TV production company.
Elsewhere the triumphant return of Doctor Who helped BBC One win channel of the year at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.
The Guardian described the award as “a personal triumph for former BBC1 controller Lorraine Heggessey” who played such a key role in the show’s revival as well as a turn around in the channel’s fortunes.