The BBC is having an identity crisis and has decided it can’t compete with commercial radio.
The BBC is funded by an unpopular TV tax – how do you sustain that model competing against streaming video to devices with no tuner?
But it goes deeper – “He [BBC radio head James Purnell] believes that the challenge to BBC radio from technology is not as urgent as the threat to British television from Netflix and others, where he ‘can see a world emerging in which children can only choose American content.’”
Utter nonsense. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube and a dozen others offer close to everything that exists. His complaint should be to look why Bollywood movies are more enjoyable than BBC episodic TV about the dull lives of the British aristocratic parasites.