When is a TV tribute night not a tribute night?

So last night was David Lean tribute night on BBC4 – except it wasn’t really, was it? Tribute nights have become popular currency on TV in recent years. Whether it’s a way to bulk out the schedules or a genuine homage to a feted TV show/celebrity/music act, they crop up with increasing regularity on the terrestrial channels, at least. The […]

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How much advertising can the BBC get away with?

I was catching up with the weekend’s football last night and revelling in the enjoyment of the Manchester derby. As Mike Phelan was being interviewed after the match, I took a proper look at the hoarding behind his head and was astounded. I think we all know that the BBC’s policy on advertising has slipped a little in the past […]

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Andy Burnham sticks up for the BBC again

The ongoing saga of topslicing the TV licence fee to help prop up the likes of Channel 4, but at the expense of the BBC, has been a thorn in the side of Ofcom and the government this year. No-one in power wants to rule out topslicing, but no-one wants to come down heavily on the side of the BBC […]

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