BBC annual report cites drop in current affairs programme viewing

An article appearing in the Independent on July 16th 2013 provides some interesting glimpses into the BBC’s recently presented annual report for 2012-13. 

“The annual report identifies many areas in which the BBC is facing significant challenges, including concerns over the lack of public interest in current affairs output. “We are concerned about the gradual decline in audience numbers for current affairs programmes on television in recent years and about the degree of ambition and quality of current affairs programming.”

The report showed that the BBC website still has not fully recovered from falling public appreciation levels after significant changes were introduced to its format.”

Doubtless many readers here have their own concerns regarding the “quality of current affairs programming” – not least on issues of accuracy and impartiality – and it would of course be perfectly natural for such concerns, when unanswered, to translate into “the gradual decline in audience numbers” in our modern world of rapid communications and a consumer’s market of multiple sources of news and information.

Those wishing to read the entire BBC annual report can find its various sections here.  

3 comments on “BBC annual report cites drop in current affairs programme viewing

  1. Duvidl has not watched the BBC for some years, unless forced to watch Ceebeebies by an eight-month-old relative. Even then, being taught on a daily basis to say “Salaam Aleicum” in Urdu by a green cartoon spider makes Duvidl wince and his relative vomit baby formula milk.

  2. If you produce material that is frequently speculation rather than fact; if you produce material that is frequently shown later to be partial, slanted and biased; If you produce material that is frequently missing crucial context, why would you expect to retain audience share?

    The BBC may wish to act like Pravda, but it doesn’t operate in the Soviet Union.

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