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The last 30 years have brought big rewards for independent television producers, but now the broadcasters want a slice of the pie

By Peter Bazalgette   October 2010

It was nice to see Bruce Forsyth in “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Is the sun setting on the golden age of the British independent television producer? If you were one of those fortunate baby boomers we keep reading about at the moment and you went into television production, you were doubly blessed. Anyone born in the 1950s or early 1960s was just getting into their professional stride when the three big opportunities came along. The first was in 1982, when Channel 4 was established to commission shows only from independent producers. Many people started their first company then,…

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