BBC criticized by 'Teletubbies' producer


The often ridiculed television program 'The Teletubbies' has been off the air for more than a decade, but one of its producers and co-creators has found a way to get the program back in the news.

Anne Wood, who also produced 'In the Night Garden,' has criticized the British Broadcasting Corporation, saying that it is responsible for "ghettoizing children's programs." 

Wood's claims come from that fact that the BBC's flagship stations, BBC1 and BBC2, have pulled programs for younger viewers and shifted them to CBBC and CBeebies. This apparently is "ghettoizing". The BBC moved the programs to those channels to cut back on costs. But Wood said that that attitude is different than what the BBC used to be about.

"On the one hand it is inevitable, but it is dismissive of children. There is a certain amount of overlooking of the fact that children's programs do get a wider audience than people are aware of … I have frequently had letters from older people who have enjoyed my programs as much as children do. A lot of the reason older people like to watch children's programming is because it is life-enhancing," she said.

What Wood sees as a negative, Terry Deary sees as a positive. Deary, who wrote the Horrible Histories children's books, said the separation is a sign of progress at the BBC.

"It doesn't matter at all," he said. "The fact that children's shows have been on BBC1 since the war doesn't mean they should continue, and to hang on to them would be a very backward step."

What do you think? I think Wood probably should have rethought ghetto as her choice of words. 

- Teletubbies
- BBC one

Written by: Hamatosan
Jan 8th, 2013, 2:16 pm

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