Sunday, September 6, 2015


The colander of leaks/briefings that anticipate the BBC's Charter proposals, due on Monday, continues as predicted in the Sundays.

The Guardian/Observer has details of a new online portal for kids to be called iPlay, providing a “single, online front-door for children to the wealth of the whole BBC and our trusted partners beyond – giving more content to children that matures with them, across more platforms, in a trusted way”.

The Telegraph has what could be the first of many pick'n'mix options in the proposals: "BBC Four could be closed as the corporation unveils plans to focus its money on developing high quality new dramas like Poldark, Wolf Hall and Sherlock. The closure of smaller television channels is being considered to help the BBC free up an additional £50 million a year for drama designed to compete with US networks and online streaming services like Netflix and Amazon."

And the Sunday Times, paywalled, says "Lord Hall, the BBC’s director-general, will tomorrow announce plans to launch an 'Ideas Service' despite warnings from George Osborne, the chancellor, that the corporation is becoming “imperial in its ambitions”. The venture will link BBC television and radio programmes with material from partners including the Science Museum, the Tate, the British Museum and the Royal Shakespeare Company."

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