Does the BBC favour the younger viewer?

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Ian lavender who played Private Frank Pike, the young mollycoddled member in the comedy Dads Army, who is now 69 years old, has said that the BBC ignores older viewers in favour of younger ones.

He is the last surviving platoon member ofthe Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard and says the BBC would not make the classic comedy today because the corporation ignores older viewers in favour of the young.

He said “I do think that Dads Army came from a golden era and that today everything is niche-driven and programme makers-not just the BBC- make programmes for 25-35 year old’s”. He also said that “This attitude seems to me to be strangely odd as you have a population whose top end is growing”

A BBC spokesman said “We offer a broader range of world class programming than any other broadcaster all for just £2.80 per week”

What’s you view? Are there more programmes produced today that are biasing a younger audience or has it always been the same? Is Ian Lavender right that the 60’s and 70’s was a “Golden Era” for comedy programmes? What is or was your favourite TV comedy?

Does the BBC favour the younger viewer?

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6th Aug 2015
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BBC on a typical Saturday evening- a film that's been on dozens of times, followed by the Lottery and, oh yes, yet another series of Casualty. On BBC 2 we have a repeat of Edwardian Farm, a repeat of Dad's Army and of First Light. A total lack of imagination. As for ITV, never-ending Emmerdale and Coronation St. I hardly ever watch BBC, so why should I pay for it?
6th Aug 2015
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Tv for me is generally very good with documentaries being excellent. I dont think the makers only focus on younger viewers. They cater for all ages. What about the Joanna Lumley TV show a few weeks ago where she crossed China and Russia on a train. She is now in her 60s but is full of energy and is a great laugh.
4th Aug 2015
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Give me TV without ad breaks any day. Commercial TV is aimed even more at the younger end of the age range and insist on breaking up the dramatic flow of a programme with the ads. I know I could record them and fast forward the ads or use the on demand system but even there there are pauses where the ad breaks occurred in the original broadcast. As for music played over dialogue it is again no different on commercial TV. I detest commercial radio as well.
I'm of to lie down now and play with my remote.
Bye, bye now
4th Aug 2015
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I totally agree. Thats why I love the BBC-no adverts. they drive me mad. To be fair the British adverts are ok. In other countries like the USA the adverts are terrible and are after every 15 minutes of TV
3rd Aug 2015
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Yes I do think most TV programme makers favour younger those aged under 50. There is a good reason for this Most of them are probably in their 20s-40s so they are doing what they are familiar with. Having said that there are a lot of older comedy shows on TV and old films all the times. Anyway with the internet I am far too busy to watch TV...apart from the news!

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