"I don't understand why any of the licence fee is spent on acquisitions" he said.
"The BBC competes against us and ITV for feature films and acquisitions, all of which would appear on British television some other way.
"If they didn't spend this money, they could spend it on original programming. There might have been a day decades ago when people went to watch a Christmas Day film on BBC One but that has gone."
He added: "One or two things the BBC have done like The Wire and Mad Men they argue wouldn't be picked up [elsewhere] but a lot of the money they spend would be picked up by others."
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Channel 4 chief executive, Andy Duncan, has criticised the BBC for buying overseas shows, reports Urmee Khan for The Daily Telegraph.