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May 14, 2009

BBC should not spend cash on US programmes


by David Allen

The BBC should stop spending huge amounts of cash on expensive American television series, such as Heroes, Mad Men and The Wire, as the money that they would save could be used to produce more home grown programmes.

This idea was suggested after the BBC once more beat Channel Four in bidding for a new series; this time it was a thirteen part mystery drama series called ‘Harpers Island’.

According to Channel Four’s chief executive, Andy Duncan, the BBC competes with commercial TV for programmes that would appear on UK TV in any case.

The money that the BBC spends on US programming could be used to make original content that has been lost due to the cost cutting over the years.

As an example, Heroes was bought for £400,000 per episode, which was way over the producer NBC Entertainment’s expectations.

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