“It’s Facebook and Google who came along and ate up all newspapers’ classified ads. Yet it’s the BBC, who run no ads, that gets the blame, while it’s Google and Facebook that get the helpful tax arrangements from HMRC.” – Guardian Edinburgh international television festival, 2015 – Armando Iannucci
Unfortunately the BBC has become an organisation which would not commission any of his programmes now. The talent has long ago sailed away from the BBC and the ship is not about to come back. Documentaries are dead. Original drama is dead. Music and Arts are nearly dead.BBC is truly a journalistic organisation now, it has always wanted to be that. I don’t think there is any future for it.
The Tories will finish it off in the next five years.
The public will only defend it when it is too late. Sad but true.
Regarding drama one offs and series Netflix and HBO have replaced the BBC.
A few years ago HBO, against the trend, decided they would continue with original drama and Netflix decided to get into it having been a channel which only bought it. They have now moved into feature film production.
I recall the great speech which Kevin Spacey made a few years ago regarding original dramas and the need to back writers.
BBC was great while it lasted.