The BBC is reviewing its TV networks with a view to making BBC1 a
more populist competitor to ITV, and moving less popular genres onto
BBC2 and a series of new digital channels. While BBC1 would focus on
entertainment, there is talk of having BBC2 air more demanding shows, a
BBC3 to compete with Channel 4 , and a fourth channel to focus on
classical music and the arts, and science, politics and philosophy. The
review was announced in a speech given by director of television Mark
Thompson this week.