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December 11, 2006



Some of these late-night programmes were very interesting to the general viewer. What will be broadcast in their place?

Nigel Warburton

Good question. The answer lies with the BBC now. It is entirely up to them. They control the schedule. The Open University is currently co-funding prime time BBC television such as the series Coast and Child of Our Time. These reach far larger audiences than the late night shows could (5 or 6 million versus a maximum of 100,000 viewers). The Open University courses still have significant audio-visual content, but at the moment you will need to sign up for a course to receive this. In the future, depending on rights clearance, many Open University course related TV programmes may well become available free on the Internet.

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