Scroat, can I join the ranks of the peeps you'd like to fuck off? I think the Beeb is doing a pisspoor job, although (a) it has some much-loved jewels and (b) I thoroughly approve of the licence fee. I just wish they wouldn't fill my screen with so much garbage night after bloody night. Whether the budget's £5 billion or £7.5 billion, it's still enough to do some things brilliantly - or too many things not that well at all.
Sick of people knocking the BBC. Just fuck off.
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'IMHO, the licence fee costs £145.50. I am also of the opinion that I can stream music from a number of online sources.'
I think it was fairly clear the other statements were my own views, IMHO.
This is a exactly the sort of behaviour one comes to expect when aunty decides to make The Archers more populist and encourage the peasants to tune in to R4! Next thing you know they'll be wearing burberry caps on the Today program and having it presented by someone called Daz!
I was really having a moan about the meeja, deceangli. So unless you're a meeja person, no.
The withdrawal from some sports programming annoyed me, but here I am completely at odds with my own argument regarding respect of licence-payers wishes:
1. The BBC should maintain a first-class news reporting service, irrespective of licence-fee payers wishes
2. The BBC should NOT ignore the wishes of its licence-fee payers with regard to sports programming- I think there has been a concious surrender of expensive sports to Sky, presuming that people who really want to watch it will pay the extra. I, however, really want to watch the cricket BUT am too mean to pay for Sky.
The BBC would have more money to splash about if the licensing people knew what they were doing. My dad was living with us until he died at the end of January. As he was 88, he got a free TV licence. After he died, I dutifully 'phoned the licensing people at Bristol to tell them we needed to start paying.
"Oh no, the licence you have covers you until October," they said.
Me: "But we're not entitled to it, my dad's dead."
Them: "It causes too many problems to change things... you'll get a renewal notice in October."
On the other hand, a work colleague who doesn't have a TV was pursued relentlessly by them, to the extent that they demanded access to his house to check, turning up with a policeman to enforce their will. The (very remote) house duly searched, no TV found. On departure, the irate copper was heard to say, "I've got better things to do than go chasing all over the f*****g fens on behalf of the f*****g BB f*****g C!"
As for content on the BBC, I just don't watch the populist stuff, the arts coverage is good, the TV science coverage is aimed squarely at the average seven-year old and is therefore dire. Radio 4 is better, but still aimed at the GCSE generations.
I don't think you're expected to like everything that's on the BBC. Just the good bits.
"Other people" like all the crap that you don't like. That's why there's so much of it.
If you ask a spokesman from the BBC what they think of the quality of their output (or of anything else) they will almost certainly describe it as "fantastic".
Not "good", "excellent", "brilliant", "outstanding", "dire", "reasonable", "terrible", "awful", "adequate", "variable" or "superb" - always "fantastic". Despite being paid as professional communicators, I don't think they know any other adjective, any more than they know what the word "fantastic" actually means.
Easy to criticise the BBC - but when compared with the output of other state broadcasters, and despite the critics, it's still by far the best. That's just a personal opinion. If the BBC lurches slightly towards the left - then surely, when judged by the same parameters - Sky lurches drunkenly and aimlessly towards the right. Recalling the Derryk Bird Cumbrian gun rampage - Anna Boteng crassly asked if the bodies of the victims were being left exposed in the sun - the BBC would never do that. Sure, it seems to have lost its way and become almost painfully PC, but for me at least, it continues to present a reasonably balanced view of events not only in our country, but also globally. But that's all just one person's opinion.
Oh, - EastEnders is horrendously depressing. Never understood the attraction.
It amazes me that those on the left are supportive of a regressive tax like the licence fee. But I see there's been regime change in the Beeb news room, with a chap from The Times taking over. Interesting to see how that pans out.
Why does the BBC run an Arabic propaganda station in the Middle East? I find that particularly troubling. For balance, we should allow Iran to build a massive transmitter in the middle of London advocating the stoning of women and nuclear attacks on Israel.
Wayland - I expect the FCO pay a subscription for that Arabic channel
(to broadcast it I mean) pay-per-modify-their-views
Whatever one thinks of their broadcasting at home, the BBC Persian and Pashto broadcasts provide many people in Iran and Afghanistan with a relatively balanced and informed outlook on the world. Relative, that is, to the state-controlled media in Tehran and Kabul.
Agree Titus. Spot on.
I guess those that sympathise with the BBC bias will be fans of the BBC, while those that don't are more likely to dislike it. The trouble is, there's no option to opt out.
It astonishes me that the BBC is allowed to refer to a slight reduction in benefits for people who live in unnecessarily large houses at the expense of others as a 'bedroom tax', while bullying people to pay them for the privilege of owning a box with wires in isn't referred to as a tax at all.
It's in big trouble though. Over a million people are refusing to pay their TV tax at the moment due to technical loop-holes in the law. I hope it's the beginning of the end for an outdated relic.
I hope it's the beginning of the end for an outdated relic.
It may be getting harder and harder to defend the BBC... and the license fee. But I hope it's not too much of a cliché to suggest that people in many parts of the world would be glad to have public service broadcasting of similar quality and independence...
Well thank you very much
GerryWayland! I sat through the whole of the NK documentary and was it followed by a program about cakes? No it bloody wasn't!
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