A freeze on the price of the television and radio licence fee has been announced by the BBC – a factor that could have consequences for various aspects of the network’s broad output.
The BBC Trust has cited cited “the exceptional pressures that the current economic climate is placing on licence fee payers” as reasoning – a decision that while saving money in the pockets of TV owners wil lead to an estimated Â£144m shortfall in the BBC’sÂ budget.
No one knows at this stage what the cause of this will be on drama production; obviously we’re more interested in the effects this might have on Doctor Who rather than on Holby City or EastEnders, but it would be safe to assume that the BBC will be planning to scale back on outsourcing tasks they can perform in-house such as training and PR, as well as either scale back their web service or close down BBC Three (a channel that could easily exist exclusively online with virtually no loss of audience.)
Sports programming may also suffer – a few seasons of football are worth Â£144m, for instance – but we’re pretty certain that the drama we see on screen on BBC One will not be adversely affected.
We reckon Doctor Who is safe.