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Veteran film director Loach calls TV 'enemy of creativity'

He said the BBC is bloated with "time-serving" middle managers who are killing creativity in televis

Veteran film director Ken Loach has attacked current television calling it the "enemy of creativity".

Speaking at the London Film Festival on Thursday, Loach said: "Television began with such high hopes; it was going to be the national theatre on the air. It was going to be a place where society could have a national discourse and they've reduced it to a grotesque reality game."

Loach, who began his career at the BBC with seminal dramas such as Up The Junction and Cathy Come Home, welcomed recent cuts among top executives at the corporation.

He said the BBC is bloated with "time-serving" middle managers who are killing creativity in television, and wished "good riddance" to executives who were recently made redundant and said more should follow.

The 74-year old particularly attacked Hollywood's dominance of television and cinema screens.

He argued that many talented and creative people work in the British television, but he criticised the executives who run the industry.

Loach added that despite successive governments, commissions and committees giving hope about the industry's future and its potential, not much has been done so far.