View­ers like repeats says BBC boss

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THE BBC ‘ should make no apol­ogy’ for show­ing repeats at Christ­mas, a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive said yes­ter­day.

Mark Lin­sey, act­ing di­rec­tor of tele­vi­sion, claimed view­ers liked repeats, say­ing: ‘Many peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate – or even ex­pect – a chance to watch old favourites again. Five mil­lion tuned in to a re­peat of Mrs Brown’s Boys last year.

‘We should make no apol­ogy for giv­ing view­ers another chance to watch some clas­sic BBC pro­grammes and mod­ern fam­ily favourites again, as long as they are used care­fully and of­fered along­side a dis­tinc­tive mix of new pro­grammes.’

Af­ter com­plaints that the BBC shows too many repeats over Christ­mas, Mr Lin­sey said BBC1 would show fewer re­runs in prime­time this year. ‘I can prom­ise that ... more than 90 per cent of pro­grammes will be new,’ he said.

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