Stat of the day: £1.3bn

The amount the BBC wants to save - which could herald the return of the test card.

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
Plans are afoot for (arguably) the most radical changes to the BBC’s television output since Peggy Mitchell left Eastenders. Apparently, the corporation’s planning a series of cost-cutting measures in an attempt to save £1.3bn over the next four years – which means Formula 1 and daytime shows like Cash in the Attic could be axed.

According to the Daily Mail, another suggestion is that BBC 1 and 2 should stop broadcasting for several hours overnight. That could herald the return of the test card, that creepy picture of the girl with the clown used until the 1990s (before the channels introduced 24-hour coverage) when the channels went off air. Wonder if she’s got any further with that game of noughts and crosses?

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