The demise of BBC3

Black Hole

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Not me. Anything that's any good makes it to the other services eventually (Family Guy etc ain't bad but I rarely watch them).
 

ian_j

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I have watched some of the comedies over the years; Mighty Boosh, Gavin & Stacey, Grass, The Smoking Room, Mongrels etc. but I hope that these would be commissioned any way just on another channel.

Looking at the current trend most decent new comedy is commissioned on SKY 1.
 

MikeSh

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There have been a few things we've watched - like Being Human, Bluestone42 - but most of it isn't of any interest. Hopefully any decent stuff will still get made and broadcast somewhere.
I must confess, this idea that specific BBC channels are for specific audiences/purposes seems very weak as the programmes seem only marginally biased - it's not like, say, Discovery channel. Actually, that's an idea, make BBC3 into BBC Nature or BBC Sport and put all that stuff on it.
 

Black Hole

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They have BBC NEWS (24) and still put extended coverage of Mandela's funeral on BBC1 simultaneously!
 

ian_j

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I've thought for years there should be a specific channel for Sport on the BBC, argument before was that not everyone had freeview, now there is no analogue that doesn't seem a valid argument.

At the end of the day though the BBC loses a lot of money due to bad management.

They are guaranteed an income yet still chase viewing figures rather than just spending the money wisely on quality programming.

Lots of money thrown at a project does not equal a quality program, The Voice being one such program (in my opinion)
 
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Mike0001

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I've thought for years there should be a specific channel for Sport on the BBC, argument before was that not everyone had freeview, now there is no analogue that doesn't seem a valid argument.
Agreed, or better still, no sport on the BBC.

At the end of the day though the BBC loses a lot of money due to bad management.
Bad management is everywhere you go. Look at the banks, government, Comet, Woolies, Blockbuster, need I go on?

They are guaranteed an income yet still chase viewing figures rather than just spending the money wisely on quality programming.
If they try that, they get criticised for low viewing figures.

Lots of money thrown at a project does not equal a quality program, The Voice being one such program (in my opinion)

Plus that soap whose theme tune goes with the words

"Isn't this a boring tune?
Hardly a surprise, 'cos so is the programme,
Isn't this a boring tune?
Hardly a surprise, 'cos so is the programme,
Deadly! Tedious! Cardboard casts and scripts you should burn first,"
(The author leaves the reader to complete the lyrics to his own satisfaction.)

And all that carp on the alternatives, too: X Factor, Big Brother, Coronation Street, game shows and all the other mind-numbing rubbish churned out on TV. I don't believe there is any state TV in the USA, but it is even more unwatchable than it is here.
 
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Mike0001

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Talking of IP TV, isn't the ultimate idea that we should choose when we watch something? Will BBC3IP follow a strict schedule, like those dreadful sport BT channels, or will it release programmes to watch as and when they are ready?

Anyway, I doubt if its target audience will be contribution to Mum and Dad's broadband bill.
 

Black Hole

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Sunday afternoon I shall be settling down in front of the 80" with beers and pizza for the England v Wales match on BBC1HD. Long live sport on the BBC - I ain't gonna start subscribing to Sky (just not too much of it please).
 
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Mike0001

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Long live sport on the BBC - I ain't gonna start subscribing to Sky (just not too much of it please).

It isn't even sport. When was buying players from all over the world to make local teams ever sport? It's big business, commercialism, and there are plenty of suckers for it, without the BBC using my license fee to pump even more money into the system.

If you like sport, go out and play it. If you want to watch it, go pay from your own pocket, don't expect me to contribute. It isn't the NHS, it's football. Football hijacked by the likes of Murdoch.:disagree:
 
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Mike0001

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I'm not paying for you to watch your telly.

You mean you don't have a LICENCE? :eek:

Seriously, though, far too much is spent on sport, and I can't see why the licence fee has to be used to fund it too.

(By sport, I usually mean football.)

I suppose sport is the easy no-brainer time filler when it comes to setting up a schedule.
 

Black Hole

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Who says what you want to watch is what other people want to watch? Who said I was talking about association football?
 
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Mike0001

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Who says I want to watch rugby either?

It used to be even worse: only two channels, both screening the same FA cup final.

I don't mind watching other recordings when sport is on, what I object to is pumping public money into big business sports like football. Mind you, BSkyB is perhaps worse, squeezing the money out of the addicts with their premium subscriptions. They take far more from the individual than the licence fee does.

God, I hate big business sport! I think I am turning into Marvin.
 
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