What shame? [Was: What a shame...]

Andy Armstrong andy at hexten.net
Mon Oct 23 16:43:17 BST 2006

On 23 Oct 2006, at 16:22, Luis Motta Campos wrote:
>   But this will open a market ninch here: former BBC website users  
> that
> was kicked out for not using the right technologies will look for
> another digital content website, and I bet they will find something to
> replace BBC (!!). That's bad for BBC, and eventually they will need to
> rewrite everything to become (more) compatible with the Real World  
> again.

The BBC is is (in general) an example of a respected government  
granted monopoly. Unfortunately that means that if you're  
sufficiently choosy some of their output is indispensable and unique  
- there isn't - as far as I'm aware - a sensible non-BBC alternative  
to Radio 4 for example.

Unfortunately the BBC's monopoly status means that market forces  
can't just slug this one out as you describe.

Andy Armstrong, hexten.net

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