The Money Programme - part 3: documentary. Sample containing about 556 words speech recorded in leisure context

5 speakers recorded by respondent number C398

PS3B1 X m (No name, age unknown, tv presenter) unspecified
PS3B2 X m (No name, age unknown) unspecified
PS3B3 X m (No name, age unknown, bell atlantic representative) unspecified
HMKPSUNK (respondent W0000) X u (Unknown speaker, age unknown) other
HMKPSUGP (respondent W000M) X u (Group of unknown speakers, age unknown) other

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  1. Tape 106604 recorded on 1993-10-31. LocationLondon: Bbc 2 ( Television broadcast ) Activity: Documentary report Reporting, interview

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Unknown speaker (HMKPSUNK) [1] [music] Michael Heseltine, the president of the board of trade, has found another industry in which to intervene.
[2] Next Wednesday, a score of television bigwigs will meet him at a special seminar at the Department of Trade and Industry, part of the D T I's efforts to boost British exports.
[3] British television is almost as widely admired abroad as it is at home.
[4] Its reputation rests on classy programmes often made as international co-productions like David Attenborough's blockbuster natural history series.
[5] [music] Britain used to have a comfortable trade surplus in television programmes.
[6] Twenty four million pounds in nineteen eighty five.
[7] But by nineteen ninety one, that had turned in to a deficit of a hundred million and one prediction suggests the deficit would have widened dramatically to six hundred and forty million pounds by the end of the decade.
[8] Largely because of satellite television with its high number of feature films and U S and Australian programmes.
[9] But many British programmes, especially dramas, don't travel well in the opposite direction.
[10] British broadcasters fighting a ratings battle at home want shows guaranteed to appeal to British audiences.
[11] British producers have little choice but to go for the home market, because the lion share of their budgets comes from the B B C, I T V or Channel Four who commission the programmes in the first place.
(PS3B2) [12] The bias erm of British producers towards producing for a British market is likely to persist erm historically it's been very difficult for all but er select minority to achieve significant sells sales overseas.
[13] Erm and again I I doubt doubt whether that will disappear over night.
(PS3B1) [14] It's a cultural as much as a commercial problem.
[15] No amount of government intervention will change it.
[16] But Wednesday's meeting could suggest ways to stop things getting worse.
[17] The government might offer tax breaks to Britain's beleaguered film industry.
[18] Feature films do have export potential even if television programmes don't.
[19] And the I T V companies won't miss an opportunity to push for a relaxation of the rules which prevent one large I T V company merging with another.
[20] As it is, they say, British broadcasters are far too small to compete effectively in export markets or to resist overseas predators.
[21] And the takeover threat doesn't just come from foreign television companies, but from cable companies and even phone companies as well.
[22] Thanks to the much talked about convergence of broadcasting telecommunications and computing.
[23] American telecom's giants like Bell Atlantic are quite open about their global ambitions.
(PS3B3) [24] We absolutely have plans.
[25] And we are absolutely having conversations with carriers throughout the world.
[26] Not just in England but throughout the world about taking the technology we're developing and the branded services and deploying them on their systems.
(PS3B1) [27] And the whole business of convergence raises the intriguing question of who ought to regulate this burgeoning new industry.
[28] In Britain neither the independent television commission nor the telephone watchdog, OFTEL, seems entirely appropriate.
[29] A single body modelled on the U S federal communications commission would make more sense.
[30] And a British F C C would fit much more naturally into the Department of Trade's portfolio, than into that of the department of national heritage, which currently looks after broadcasting.
[31] Perhaps Mr Heseltine's sudden interest in television is motivated by more than a simple desire to boost British exports. [theme music]