The BBC drama chief, Ben Stephenson, has criticised BSkyB's commitment to homegrown drama and has labelled as a "myth" the common refrain that US television is better at making drama than its UK counterparts.
Stephenson said Sky's spend on UK drama was dwarfed by the BBC's drama budget and also by the amount the satellite broadcaster ploughs into acquiring foreign shows.
The corporation's head of drama commissioning, writing in the new issue of Radio Times, said US television's "commercial model" meant it would not be able to come up with recent BBC hits such as Sherlock or Five Daughters because they were committed to producing long-run series.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
By John Plunkett in Media Guardian: