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AP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-18-03 06:39 AM
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42. A couple things.
The news is generally fantastic in the UK. The news should be removed from commerical influences. Protect the news.

However, there would be BETTER drama and comedy in the UK if there were a free market. The BBC does get to throw it's weight around thanks to the TV Tax, and there is certainly no end of writing teams who are willing to endure poverty for years before they get a hit (and then they burn out because there isn't enough money in British TV for producers to hire big, smart writing teams like they do in the US).

The US has its own problems thanks to the lack of competition coming from media monopolization (and, currently, the bad economy). But, extremely lucrative shows like Friends are simply not possible in the UK, because the economics don't work for the independant producers who come up with the great, novel ideas.
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