Sunday, July 26, 2009

Nick McCarty on BBC radio changes

Further to BBC radio's decision to change its process for commissioning independent producers, in The Stage Guild member Nick McCarty has written to complain about the way that both producers and writers are treated.
How on earth can Jeremy Howe (Commissioning Editor for Drama at BBC Radio 4) claim that over the next two years writers, producers and actors will have “an unparalleled opportunity for creative endeavour”? The writers, producers and actors will, in the vast majority of cases, be left dangling while the BBC drama department will have “scope to build more creative relationships with suppliers”. Who with? Not the writers. Nor with most of the indies who have been hung out to dry by this policy that gives batches of work to a favoured few.

1 comment:

  1. Wise words from Nick McCarty. Why is the BBC, both in radio and telly, making it harder, rather than easier, for the best original shows to be made?

    We all know the greatest work comes from a writer who feels passionately about an idea and links up with a producer who shares that vision. Does it matter where the idea comes from? Is it really better instead to have yet more random BBC rules, form filling and box ticking? Why isn't all that time and money used instead for experienced producers sitting down with writers and creating the best possible shows for our audiences?


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