‘We shouldn't let great art disappear into BBC Four's cultural ghetto’: The impact of BBC Four on mainstream arts provision
Although BBC Four has been lauded for its dedication to more esoteric content and artforms, since the channel was introduced there has concern for the range and depth of arts content on the BBC’s terrestrial services – BBC One and BBC Two. As journalist Stuart Jeffries warned at the launch of the new channel: ‘We shouldn’t let great art disappear into BBC Four’s cultural ghetto and let the mainstream be dominated by Carol Smillie’s mirthless smile’ (2002). This paper examines the impact BBC Four has had on the BBC’s mainstream arts provision as part of a broader shift in the BBC’s provision from a Reithian mixed schedule of programming to specialist digital services for niche audiences.
Genders, A. (2022). ‘We shouldn't let great art disappear into BBC Four's cultural ghetto’: The impact of BBC Four on mainstream arts provision. Critical Studies in Television, 17(2), 187-193. https://doi.org/10.1177/17496020221078502
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Feb 23, 2022|
|Online Publication Date||Apr 19, 2022|
|Publication Date||Jun 1, 2022|
|Deposit Date||Apr 25, 2022|
|Publicly Available Date||Apr 26, 2022|
|Journal||Critical Studies in Television: The International Journal of Television Studies|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||British, bold, creative, BBC Four, arts television, arts programming, factual television|
‘We shouldn’t let great art disappear into BBC four’s cultural ghetto’: The impact of BBC Four on mainstream arts provision
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This is the author's accepted manuscript. The published version is available online: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F17496020221078502 <br /> <br /> Genders, A. (2022). ‘We shouldn't let great art disappear into BBC Four's cultural ghetto’: The impact of BBC Four on mainstream arts provision. Critical Studies in Television, Vol 17, Issue 2, pp.187-193. Copyright © 2022 Genders, A. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/17496020221078502.
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