mickey wrote:The whole broadcasting scene is undergoing an evolutionary change. No one could have predicted the rapid take-off of satellite and broadband TV. The BBC is fully aware that these additional forms of communications are eroding its traditional customer base. Already viewing percentages for other channels has overtaken the BBC so no longer can they claim to be the most popular service of choice. The split according to BARB: http://www.barb.co.uk/viewingsummary/we ... imeout=500
All BBC = 30.36%
All Terrestrial Commercial = 33.2%
All others = 36.2%
Also the BBC?s share is declining annually by about 1.5%
The BBC know the writing is on the wall and are making plans for their survival if and when the TVL is abolished. Soon the Government will announce the new BBC charter and there are indications that this will only be for 5 years with a below inflation annual increase.
Mickey, as I understand it, those figures are comparing the BBC against pretty much everything non-BBC, a sort of BBC vs everyone else. That's not a very comparison IMO, no single channel can compete with rivals that number in their hundreds (if you have Sky Digital Family package like I do). The fact that it can actually generate viewing figures by itself which compares to all it's other terrestial rivals is actually quite impressive.
You're right that the face of broadcasting is changing, but I don't think it's anything that has taken everyone by surprise. And maybe I'm in a minority thinking this, but personally I think that the future of television isn't actually looking that good, perhaps it's true to say that quality has declined over the years and it is being replaced more by quantity. Perhaps this is an inevitability, though I do hope the BBC retains it's ability to produce quality programming for some time to come.