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08-09-01, 12:41 PM (GMT)
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"Dance on Television - BBC4"
   A big story to watch out for in the coming week, and one which will affect the number of dance programmes seen on television in the UK, is the Culture Secretary's approval for a new BBC TV channel, BBC4. Tessa Jowell will give the go-ahead in a speech on Thursday

BBC4 is to be “unashamedly intellectual”, a television equivalent of Radio 3 and Radio 4 based around arts, music and ideas. It will take the place of the existing digital channel known as BBC Knowledge. It will have a risibly small budget, initially £26 million. For this kind of money the BBC will be broadcasting an awful lot of "radio with pictures" (contrast this with the BBC's plans to spend three times as much on BBC3 - a "yoof" channel). The other point about BBC4 is that very many people will not be able to watch it. It has been described as a “digital dustbin” - and there are real worries that what's left of the BBC's dance coverage will be consigned to it.

The present Controller of BBC2, Jane Root, has turned her back on the channel's responsibility to high culture. While the BBC’s Director of Television, Mark Thompson, says the hours devoted to arts coverage on BBC2 will remain steady, the reality is otherwise. Remember the Dancer of the Year contest? Or the Anthony Dowell documentary? These programmes could only be found on the BBC's digital channels, and to see them you need to have satellite or cable. There is no "Late Show" anymore; the only remnant of it is a supplement to Friday night's Newsnight.

The prospects for dance on the BBC are truly depressing. In contrast, BBC Radio has had excellent dance coverage in recent months - Deborah Bull's documentary on ballerinas, the profile of Paul Taylor, the Christopher Bruce "Work in Progress" for Radio 3. One minor problem - radio doesn't have pictures......

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  RE: Dance on Television - BBC4 Robert 09-09-01 1
     RE: Dance on Television - BBC4 eugene merrett 09-09-01 2
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09-09-01, 00:39 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Dance on Television - BBC4"
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   I do not think I can get digital T.V. Last time I enquired my postcode suggested dodgy reception. Am I right in thinking that if I can subscribe some money will go to Murdoch?

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eugene merrett

09-09-01, 06:37 PM (GMT)
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   I am excited about BBC4 although I hope it will have more content then BBC knowledge - but the budget seems like peanuts.

If you are not in the reception area for ITV digital or have cable then you will have to get Sky TV which is owned by Murdoch.

I must emphasize that it is a really good service - the Discovery Channel (which has 4 channels) is now the worlds largest producer of documentaries and the History is superb as well. There are 10 news channels. Murdoch is accused of reducing the amount of choice in the media - yet his service provides more news channels then any service in the world.

I would also point that ITV digital - Murdoch's great rival has no Discovery Channel, fewer news channels and has delibrately blocked the broadcast of ITV (the regular public service) on Sky TV. Yet Murdoch is obliged to provide ITV digital with Sky Sports.So who is real profiteer delibrately denying people choice.

I urge people to put aside their prejudices an get Sky TV as it is a quality service. To deny yourself it because of Murdoch is self inflicted punishment

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09-09-01, 08:10 PM (GMT)
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   Sky digital also uses a much better picture coding system than ONdigital, which is particularly evident where there is a lot of movement... in dance for instance.

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