The BBC Arguments

His haughtiness, his apparent failure even to understand why some people object to the licence fee, seems to me to be the most damaging thing of all to his case. The BBC cannot have it both ways. On the one hand, we are told, its chat-show hosts and senior executives must be paid telephone-number salaries because we are competing with the commercial sector; on the other, we are told that they must be paid from a compulsory tax, because the BBC is not competing with the commercial sector.

On the one hand, we are told that the BBC deserves its funding because it is hugely popular; on the other, we are told that its programming would wither on the vine were its popularity to be tested in the marketplace. On the one hand, we are told that it has a "unique link" with its adoring viewers; on the other, we are assured that so strong and affectionate is that link that it needs to be maintained by the full majesty of the criminal law. There is a word that describes all of these arguments, and it rhymes with "rowlocks".

Well, quite.

1 thought on “The BBC Arguments”

  1. The article actually goes on to commend BBC news and current affairs coverage, I wouldn’t even support them for that. They are utterly biased on both their radio and TV coverage. And they can’t even cover a sporting event without sending a jumbo jetload of hacks.

    The license fee must be stopped, it is no longer justifiable, and hasn’t been for a very long time. Leave the door open for a little independance and see who steps in. If the luvvies are so talented they will rapidly find jobs elsewhere, only thing is, they might have to do some real reporting instead of pushing their own agendas at us.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *