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BBC director general Tony Hall warns of threat to British TV

From BBC - November 2, 2017

Favourite British TV shows like Strictly Come Dancing and Broadchurch could be under threat due to a funding shortfall, the BBC is warning.

The rise of services like Netflix and Amazon could mean British content faces "an uncertain future", director general Tony Hall will say in a speech later.

There could be a funding shortfall of 500m over the next 10 years, according to new research.

Lord Hall is to call for a "new golden age for British production".

"The BBC has always shown a great ability to adapt to new challenges and make them opportunities," he will say.

'Face reality'

Speaking in Liverpool,he will say if there is an immediate response to the issue, then the future of British content could be protected.

He calls the figures on funding, from consultants Mediatique and published by the BBC, "worrying".

"We have to face the reality that the British content we value and rely upon is under serious threat."

Lord Hall will add that global services like Netflix, Amazon and Apple are not likely to make up the funding shortfall.

'Dramatic change'

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