From our Swindon Correspondent:
From the Guardian
YouTube’s UK boss has said his platform is more representative of modern Britain than broadcasters such as the BBC, saying that television channels are falling behind because they do not provide material that speaks directly to all parts of the country.
The Google-owned video service is on the cusp of overtaking the BBC as the dominant media source for 16- to 34-year-olds in the UK, with the average adult internet user watching 46 minutes of YouTube per day.
The problem for the BBC is that much of it rarely works today. The idea of large TV channels is one that was created in an era of scarce bandwidth and expensive equipment. So you had to have a few people rationing the time and money for people they thought would make the best shows. It’s very much a “picking winners” approach, and historically necessary.
When you can broadcast to billions with a phone camera that millions own, anyone can start a channel. Even if you’re doing a slick job, it’s £1500 for a camera and another £2000 for a laptop and editing software. You don’t need people picking winners, the market can pick winners with likes, shares and some algorithms.
So, many of the cheaper things like science, cookery, political interviews, film reviews are gradually being taken over on YouTube. No-one is making Jane Austen costume dramas yet, but that’s a tiny percentage of the BBC’s output.
Its growing dominance of the UK media market has focused government attention on the site’s impact on traditional broadcast outlets and whether it should have similar public service obligations to traditional television channels.
No. Absolutely bloody not.
The point of “public service obligations” were because costs were high and bandwidth was limited. Broadcasters, especially those chasing ad money might not make programmes for disabled people, or obscure arts shows.
When you solve costs and increase bandwidth, anyone can make a show and people do. You want stuff about Keynesian economics, the films of Andrei Tarkovsky. There are lots of blind people making videos on YouTube, people of nearly all varieties of politics from communists to libertarians, the history of corsetry, how to repoint a wall. There are few colour, sex or whatever bars because this stuff is cheap to make.