Blank Screen Overnight A ‘Possibility’ As BBC Cut Back

BBC Director General Mark Thompson has announced that, because of a freeze on the licence fee, the Corporation may have to axe its overnight programming.

Instead of early morning shows like Belief File and HARDtalk, the BBC could repeat big budget drama like South Riding up to four times per night.

In another move, BBC2’s daytime output could be converted to rolling news, leaving shows like Flog It! and Diagnosis Murder on the scrapheap. The BBC’s local radio coverage could also go, along with some regional programming.

Thompson said: “‘We are going to want at least one general daytime service. Do you need two?’

He is hoping to cut BBC spending back by 20% with these drastic measures, and admitted that TV screens simply going blank overnight was a ‘theoretical possibillity’.

Sounds like we might all be getting reaccquainted with the girl, the blackboard and the haunted doll sometime soon.