Wednesday, July 5

While we're on the subject of the licence fee....

As we all know, the great thing about the BBC is that, thanks to the unique way in which it's funded, it doesn't have to bow to commercial pressures; it can make programs for minorities, programs that commercial television would never make. Like Changing Rooms. And showing Love Actually at Christmas.

Which is why they just axed Top of the Pops: because its viewing figures were too low.

Could someone from the BBC explain to me what exactly was wrong with Top of the Pops's ratings? I get that they'd plummetted. I get that they were very low. What I don't get is the bit where the BBC care so much about that that they drop the show. What was the problem? A drop in advertising revenue?