Thursday, February 19, 2015

Yankee doodle

As the BBC Trust tries to tie commercial wing BBC Worldwide ever closer to the public purposes (Bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK) it may be useful to scrutinise the changing schedules of BBC America, now a joint venture with AMC Networks.

Tonight they introduce the obscure knowledge quiz, QI, to unsuspecting cable subscribers, with three episodes back to back between 8 and 9pm, Eastern Time.  This is followed by another edition of Million Dollar Critic, specially commissioned by BBC America, featuring Giles Coren, "the bitingly funny and controversial restaurant critic of The London Times".

These two, at least, have some BBC pedigree. 1pm to 7pm is blocked out for the bleeping of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA, a product of ITV Studios America and Optomen, originally broadcast on the Fox Network.  Star Trek remains another staple of the BBC America rotation. Bringing the UK to the world, eh, Rona ?

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