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Old 20.03.2017, 22:47
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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Decimated it when BBC started 'producer choice' in the 1980's, historically they employed both full time staff plus freelancers & gave them equipment needed, then they gave then zero hour contracts to all but kit needed to be provided by the cameraman. Hiring as needed was a no go as the hire companies charged as much for the kit for 1 day hire as the BBC would pay for a cameraman with kit.

You have to remember around 1982 average UK house price was about 18,000, having to spend 70,000 to be able to work in your 20's was a killer. Today far better kit can be bought for 10,000, so the costs are peanuts in comparison.
That's not what I'm aiming at.

A film team needs expensive equipment, some of it of foreign origin and heavily tariff'ed. This applied to you, the BBC's teams as well as to every other competitor. So while the tariffs helped hold price levels high they had no effect on your competitiveness because every competitor was affected in a similar way and by a similar amount (for simplicity's sake let's ignore other potentially differentiating factors).

Had the tariffs been dropped your prices would have dropped (or profit margin increased) but so would have everybody else's in a very similar manner and amount.

So absent competition from abroad the tariffs had no effect on your market position.
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