Wednesday, October 15, 2008
BBC to Ditch the Politics Show Next Summer?
The BBC have got the rights to screen Grand Prix next year, but a lot of the Grand Prix in the spring are due to run around lunchtime on a Sunday. I understand that the BBC top brass are considering running the Grand Prix instead of the Politics Show for the programmes which it might affect. The Grand Prix in question are the European races from May to July next year - 6 or 7 in total - the ones which start around midday. This would include the Monaco Grand Prix at the end of May, just before the European & local elections
One option would be to run the Politics Show a little earlier, say at 10am, or afterwards, as they did with the Great North Run recently, when the show aired at 2pm. But apparently, another option being seriously considered would be to drop the show entirely for those weeks.
Six or seven programmes out of 35 would be a serious chunk out of one of the few remaining political programmes on mainstream TV. There are plenty of people who will use this as an argument for ditching the programme entirely. The thinking goes along these lines: why do we have two political programmes on a Sunday (Andrew Marr & Politics Show) when ITV have given up politics altogether?
There's been no decision on it yet, I gather but senior executives are certainly leaning towards scrapping it. Some might say that this would represent dumbing down - showing Grand Prix instead of politics, at a time when politics has never been more volatile or more interesting...