A key issue in the Scottish independence debate is the fate of the BBC if Scotland votes yes, reports Maggie Brown
In June former Prime Minister Gordon Brown finally ignited the debate about the BBC and Scottish independence by raising the “EastEnders” question. The key issue is whether the country’s 5.2 million citizens would have uninterrupted access to all current BBC services, if the referendum vote is for separation, and Scots’ licence fees are then diverted to a new national broadcaster.
London Live, the new multi-platform broadcasting operation serving the capital, has ignored much of TV’s established playbook, reports Steve Clarke
From BBC Two to TV-am, getting a new television station on air and establishing it has never been easy. But on 31 March London Live, the biggest channel in former Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s new wave of local-TV services, arrived in one piece.
And so was born the capital’s first bespoke, multi-platform network channel aimed at the under-35s.
Richard Halton tells Torin Douglas why YouView is an essential part of British TV's future
It’s little wonder that YouView’s CEO, Richard Halton, is smiling. After years of delayed launches, regulatory rows, changes of chairmen and negative headlines (such as “Alan Sugar should kill the YouView brand”), the venture that Halton has nurtured from its earliest days as “Project Canvas” can look ahead with confidence.
RTS/Focal Jane Mercer Memorial Lecture by Anthony Wall. Report by Matthew Bell
A packed audience for this year’s RTS/Focal Jane Mercer Memorial Lecture was treated to Arena Series Editor Anthony Wall’s experiments with archive footage on the BBC’s idiosyncratic arts strand. Within Wall’s output, Christopher Columbus, Johnny Rotten, Shirley Bassey and Kendo Nagasaki happily share screen time.
Will the internet empty out the UK’s crowded mall of TV shopping channels? asks Tara Conlan
Two events recently marked another chapter in the history of television shopping channels. The first was that Sit-up TV – which operated Bid TV and Price-drop TV and once used David Dickinson as the face of its brand – went into administration.
The second was that the wrecking balls moved in to demolish the old south-west London headquarters of QVC – an iconic, neo-classical building that once represented the dreams of the pioneers of home shopping.
The incidents tell stories about two different areas of the UK market, which is still big business.
BBC Charter renewal will center on funding. Steve Clarke hearst the opening shots of the campaign.
In the age of the iPlayer, paying for BBC services is arguably straightforward no longer. As a result, the key debate around renewal of the BBC’s Royal Charter in 2016 is expected to focus on the future of the licence fee and alternative means of paying for the corporation’s services.
Could the BBC’s traditional form of funding – already top-sliced to fund the World Service, local-TV and S4C, among other things – be replaced by subscription? Or perhaps a hybrid financing model might be preferable?