I’m not a huge music or radio fan so I’ve followed developments on the BBC Executive’s planned axing of the Asian Network and 6Music with a certain amount of detachment and a fairly generous helping of cynicism.
After a raft of headlines about ludicrously overpaid ‘talent’ and managers with insanely generous expense accounts, the BBC Executive decided to change the media narrative by announcing the closure of two of the smaller, more niche channels in the corporation’s portfolio.
The rationale behind this was clearly to create the impression of a value for money BBC while at the same time not scrapping any of the management’s pet stations, programmes or initiatives.
Anyone seriously looking to save money would have cast an eye over BBC Three’s schedule and realised that a) the public could probably do without shows like Hotter Than My Daughter b) the rare quality shows like Being Human deserved to be on BBC One or Two where they’d be more visible, and announced the axing of a channel which exists simply because BBC vanity and the egos of managers demands it must.
Instead money is to continue being wasted on a channel which has such insufficient levels of programming that it endlessly repeats what it does have while major shows have to get by on reduced budgets.
That’s simply illogical.
Some are calling for them to resign but frankly they may as well call for Christmas to be made a year-long festival because that’s just not going to happen.
And yet of all the public bodies our new political masters are reforming, the BBC is one of those most needing a management cull and new broom.
From an ageist hiring policy, the purchase of companies with no link to BBC output, the obsession with ratings which backfired and an out of control salary and expenses regime, the BBC has lost it’s way.
Mind, if anyone did leave it’d be us who’d pick up the tab.