But advocates of the licence fee refer to it as a “democracy levy” and say that it acts as a bulwark against polarisation and fake news.
“Bild is now beating the drum for a world without public broadcasters where it can spread its Right-wing infotainment. We can look to the US to see where that ends,” wrote Sebastian Schöbel, an ARD journalist, on Twitter.
That’s the nub of it. No one would voluntarily pay for the sort of centre left dreck we push out and if that became true then how could we propagandise the population?