Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Britishness of TV at Risk, Warns BBC Boss; Don't Undermine the Corporation in Official Review, Hall Begs Government

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Britishness of TV at Risk, Warns BBC Boss; Don't Undermine the Corporation in Official Review, Hall Begs Government

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Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent

TELEVISION in the UK risks losing its "Britishness" if the BBC is undermined, the corporation's director-general Tony Hall warned today.

He told an industry event that investment in home talent is falling just as viewers are getting access to more foreign shows with the rise of huge new media companies, including Netflix.

His speech is the latest part of the BBC's response to a government Green Paper proposing a wide review of its aims and purposes. Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has warned that the BBC should not try to be "all things to all people" and called the licence fee "unsustainable" in the long run.

Mr Hall told a Royal Television Society conference that investment in original UK programmes fell from PS2.6billion to PS2.4 billion between 2008 and 2013. He said: "The Britishness of British broadcasting matters. It isn't isolationist or backward-looking to say that. "The Britishness of British broadcasting is under challenge. It's obvious and measurable. The Britishness of British broadcasting isn't something that just happens. Global markets won't take care of it. We have to.

"Never, I think, in our collective history and experiences, has there been a technological challenge as bracing and exciting as this one. …

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