BBC world affairs editor John Simpson says he expects to be sacked after criticising the BBC and suggesting that the Corporation is ânow in its last stages.â http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7669442.stm The BBC has been in decline since the introduction of âProducer Choiceâ in the late 1980âs. Producer Choice is to the BBC what Devolution is to the United Kingdom. Eventually it's going to end in tears. Producer Choice does exactly what it says on the tin. The BBC engages a Producer to make a programme for the Corporation and is given a budget to do so. However, he/she is no longer required to use BBC production/post-production facilities to actually make the programme. He/she can use their budget to hire freelance cameraman, use Soho post-production edit facilities, even rent TV studios from rival companies. The problem was the existing BBC facilities couldnât pitch for work from non-BBC producers. It was doomed to failure and within a few years, departments were shut down, staff made redundant and the remaining departments severely cut back. If I remember correctly the set designers were the first to go. Things improved slightly by allowing BBC production facilities to take on outside work. But it was generally too little, too late. Now twenty years later, the BBC makes hardly any programmes in house and most are made by independent production companies. The last time I was at TV Centre only one of the eight studios was in use and that was being used by an independent production company making a programme for ITV! The commercialisation of the Corporation has seen a dumbing down of programme making, making the cheapest programmes with the maximum audience â thatâs basically reality shows, soaps and quiz shows. The costume dramas, documentaries, specialist interest programmes are a low priority. Thereâs also the anomaly of independent production companies profiting from the License fee. So what is the future of the Beeb?