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The Culture Show's worthless nibbles at "accessible" arts at least produce one big message: the BBC needs to go right back to the basics of arts coverage

By David Herman   January 2005

There are three things wrong with BBC2’s The Culture Show: wrong slot, wrong editor, wrong idea. 

If you are creating a new show to help correct the decline of the BBC’s arts coverage, why put it on at 7pm on Thursday? You are running against both Channel 4 News, which attracts a big chunk of your natural constituency, and Front Row, Radio 4’s arts magazine, which pulls in the rest. Repeating The Culture Show at 11.20pm – the old Late Show slot after Newsnight – just adds insult to injury. It is too late at night, and invites comparisons which…

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