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    Unfortunately if the BBC does not turn to these types of programming its viewership will not survive. DSTV’s history channel does not have history programming on it, it has reality television. Think Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, Ice Road Truckers etc. Reality television is compelling, it has found the perfect characteristics to attract viewers.

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    The bottom line is: business is business. The BBC is not going to play quality documentaries to a tiny audience on principle alone. They will do whatever brings in the most cash for the least amount of effort. Viewers are increasingly prepared to pay for steadily decreasing viewing quality and all channels will take advantage of this.

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    Yup, that’s the sad truth. I agree.

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