No, this isn’t another piece about Gun Control, or some smirk that our UK murder rate is one fifth of yours because of the absence of guns. By way of apology for my prolonged Moose absence, I’m linking to a piece just published by Prospect Magazine (and causing a bit of a furore on The Guardian) about why British TV drama has declined, in relative quality, compared with the US.
This is a bit of a geeky professional piece about one profession, and with a UK slant. But you’ll know a lot of the programmes I cite, and the more interesting point is about…
Competition, Monopoly, and the role of the state and marketplace in Arts/Entertainment.
One of my main employers for the last 20 years, the BBC is (as you might know) a charter organisation, arms length from government, funded by a license fee – a flat tax on all TV sales.
In many areas, drama in the past, journalism and documentaries, this ‘non profit, non government’ model has worked in a stellar way. Growing up, I had access to some of the best current affairs, documentaries and popular drama.
But has that model had it’s day? Or is there some other lesson from the sudden emergence of this Golden Age of USTV.
I’m posting the whole unedited original article in a separate diary. Just click the links above if you want the shortened version.