Why Auntie must change her mind and spare this TV gem
The renowned art critic Waldemar Januszczak called for a petition protesting against proposed 30% cuts to BBC 4 this week.
I worked with Waldemar a few years ago.
He's a formidable man. I hope he can cause enough of a splash to embarrass the BBC into re-thinking this dreadful assault on the best TV channel in the UK. BBC4 has not only brought us The Thick Of It and Twenty Twelve but a host of excellent original one-off dramas, like Enid, and wonderful, esoteric documentaries, like Jonathan Meades' architecture series.
Oh yeah, and it also had the nous to introduce Mad Men, The Killing and Borgen to a British audience.
In short, despite its already tiny budget, it is a total gem of a channel due to the people running it being the best at what they do in the business.
To turn it into a cobwebbed retirement home for old arts archive would be a sad disaster