The BBC is facing a major crisis over the rise in streaming services, a leading TV producer has warned.
Ian Brown, who has worked on shows including Top Gear, fears it can’t compete with the likes of Netflix.
He said: “The rise of streaming services is already affecting the BBC. Some of them are becoming super powerful. They can snap up talent and ideas.
“The BBC has its big hitters like Line Of Duty. But it seems like Netflix and Disney+ can chuck out big shows willy nilly.
“Pick up a newspaper and there is another announcement – a big show with three or four top Hollywood names in it.”
Ian fears the Beeb will be forced to make drastic changes and that smaller channels like BBC Four will be axed.
He added: “The BBC will have to change because things are moving so fast in TV.
“Its model might have to change – like how things are funded.
“I think there would be too much outcry if the BBC went. But there may have to be trimmings.
“Some of the more obscure channels may not survive.”
Ian’s latest project is the children’s book Albert And The Wind. Find out more at alberttortoise.com.
Despite concern regarding the future of The BBC, it was announced earlier this year that BBC Three, which was removed from TV six years ago, would be returning as a TV channel.
Media regulator Ofcom gave the provisional green light for the return to TV after it was originally taken off air due to the impression younger audiences no longer watch live TV.
However, following the success of some of their hit shows during the pandemic, the BBC announced plans to revive the channel with a target audience of people aged 16-34 and programmes airing from 7pm to 4am daily.
The BBC's chief content officer Charlotte Moore said in a statement that the BBC needs to "back success" and make sure the programmes reach young people.
She added: "We want to give BBC Three its own broadcast channel again."
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