Repeats on the cards for BBC

  • 28 September 2007

Television viewers should expect to see more repeats on the BBC, with many shows set to be broadcast on two different channels.

The move is a bid to close the funding gap left by a less-than-expected licence fee settlement set by the Government.

Speculation that BBC3 and BBC4 would be axed has been dismissed by director general Mark Thompson, but it is now claimed that BBC2 and BBC4 will start co-commissioning programmes to be screened on both channels.

Director of Mediawatch UK, John Meyer, commented on the speculation: “Repeats are expected, given that programme making has become more expensive, but that’s no consolation to licence-fee payers.”

He added: Showing the same programme on two channels gives viewers the impression that their money is buying less and that can’t be a good thing.”

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