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BBC Four: Mark Kermode and Simon Blackwell react to ‘sad’ news channel is to become archive focused

Mark Kermode and Simon Blackwell are among the BBC stars to speak out in opposition to BBC Four becoming an archive channel.On Monday (29 March), it was announced that the arts and culture channel, which first launched in 2002, would become the “home” of archive content at the BBC, with fewer new programmes being commissioned as part of a cost-cutting drive across the network.The channel will continue to air new performances such as BBC Proms, BBC Young Dancer and BBC Young Musician.However, the news that BBC Four would be commissioning fewer new series prompted backlash from those who had worked...
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