‘The greatest commitment to arts for a generation,’ proclaimed the BBC’s new Director-General Tony Hall in 2014, with a pledge that on his watch the network would provide the nation with unprecedentedly broad and deep coverage of high culture.
Today those look like weasel words, given the cuts to the televising of the Proms last year, a vast amount of budget consumed by Alan Yentob’s very variable Imagine series, the termination of The Review Show , an obsession with bland pictorial documentaries pitched at GCSE level and entire evenings of BBC4 devoted to reruns of ancient episodes of Top of the Pops .
Radio has suffered too, with an apparent putsch on the venerable format of the critical...
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