BBC Trust Chairman Chris Patten came in for criticism after he suggested money could be siphoned from BBC3 to make up the shortfall in BBC World Service funding. The Corporation as a whole is facing twenty per cent cutbacks, and difficult decisions will have to be made. Bearing in mind the Beeb is a public service broadcaster (PSB), where should our priorities lie?
Let's take a look at a typical Monday night schedule and decide which station best fulfils the PSB remit.
7.00pm - World Briefing or Don't Tell The Bride?
8.00pm - Americana (US news) ... or Snog Marry Avoid?
10.00pm - The Strand (arts review)... or Eastenders (repeat)?
11.45pm - From Our Own Correspondent... or Young Rich And Househunting?
(Readers can work out for themselves which of the above are World Service programmes and which BBC3)