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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.
The technology changed when outside filming started to be done on video, film cameras lasted 30 years plus & specialist cameras very much longer. Whilst the BBC subsided with a license fee could afford 70k every 2 years. It was not a
viable business, that was the problem. A new work tool had a high tariff, changing the landscape to protect EU manufactures from Japanese who made a better product for a lower price. How many Thompson TV's have you got at home?
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