55% said No
NO The BBC is a huge and consistent employer of TV creatives so it is not surprising that it dominates the Bafta TV Craft Awards. Craft cuts can show up most acutely on programmes. Savings on production costs are likely to target particular craft categories - not paying top dollar for key people. When that happens, it's much more difficult to produce exceptional work. Extraordinary work is produced on a budget, but consistent lack of money introduces a bias. In the end, what is important is the quality of the nominees and if that is lower than last year, we should be concerned.
Tim Haines is creative director of Impossible Pictures
NO Despite having a series that has recently received two Craft Award nominations for Sky 1 with Ross Kemp in Afghanistan, it is correct the BBC leads the nominations. With four channels, a public service remit and a commitment to training, if it stops dominating the Craft Awards then I will stop paying my licence fee. Hopefully, garnering lots of nominations and awards will help persuade the BBC to concentrate on the quality of its shows.
Clive Tulloh, executive producer, Ross Kemp in Afghanistan
NO The BBC's dominance is not a problem, because Channel 4 continues to punch above its weight (with nearly half the factual nominations, and more than BBC2), and E4 has beaten BBC3. However, this was the first year with special online viewing for voters, which worked with mixed success. The BBC's site was great, but I couldn't view C4 on my Mac, and Five was showing just one programme and ITV none initially. Hopefully, next year we will be able to view programmes from all channels online before voting.
Robert Thirkell, executive producer and TV troubleshooter
YES Economic pressures are putting investment in television craft at risk. The ‘Craftas' offer real incentive for editors, DoPs, and directors to hone their skills and get programmes noticed that might slip off the radar. The BBC dominates the nominations because it has the most programmes, takes the awards most seriously and understands the system better. Crafta nominations cost just £55. So next time you know of a wonderful piece of design, editing, shooting or make-up, get the company, production team or individual to forego a meal out
and bung in a nomination.
Roy Ackerman, executive producer