But Maybe We Don’t Need The BBC Any More?

Setting out the BBC’s stance ahead of negotiations over the renewal of its Royal Charter in 2016, Lord Hall said: “We’ve always said that the licence fee should be updated to reflect changing times. I welcome the committee’s endorsement of our proposal to make people pay the licence fee even if they only watch catch-up television. The committee has suggested another route to modernising the licence fee – a universal household levy.

Lord Hall says the proposal will ensure that the Corporation retains its global influence

“Both proposals have the same goal in mind: adapting the licence fee for the internet age. I believe we need and we will need what the licence fee – in whatever form – makes happen more than ever.

Well, you would say that, wouldn’t you?

But what do the customers want? The consumers..? Remember them?

The Director-General will warn that a BBC forced to reduce the size and scope of its services as it competes against digital platforms offered by the likes of Google, Apple and Netflix would be fatally diminished.

His speech claims: “The BBC is at a crossroads. Down one path lies a BBC reduced in impact and reach in a world of global giants. Damaging the UK’s creative industries. A sleep-walk into decay for the BBC, and Britain diminished as a result. Which means a UK dominated by American taste-makers.

“Down the other path is a strong BBC helping bind the country together at home and championing it abroad. A British creative beacon to the world. Providing a universal service for a universal fee. An internet-first BBC which belongs to everyone.”

Does it? I thought it belonged mainly to those who want to run down any aspect of ‘Britishness’ in favour of pandering to the elites that comprise their higher echelons of management.

That’s certainly how it acts, anyway.

13 comments for “But Maybe We Don’t Need The BBC Any More?

  1. March 6, 2015 at 9:23 am

    We have no TV and we don’t want one, my partner can’t watch TV as 99.9% of it upsets his mental health issues.
    I use catch up services occasionally but rarely.
    If the BBC fell into a black hole tomorrow I wouldn’t really be that bothered.
    If they removed all the liberalist leftist clap trap there would be nothing left anyway, and I would be loathed to pay a licence fee to support a left wing agenda I don’t agree with that’s part of the reason we totally ditched the TV in the first place. State sponsored brainwashing is the BBC business, yet they criticise RT. The BBC is a joke and forcing people to pay for a state run channel with no option to opt out seems to follow the current communist thinking at the BBC. They just want the cash, to fire and rehire staff as “consultants” at vastly inflate sums from their salaried jobs, hire the wrong people then pay them off with six figure sums and generally squander the licence payers cash. Maybe if the fee was removed and they were forced to join the other channels in being competitive for funding they may stop wasting tax payers money so wantonly. But there is in a nut shell what they are afraid of having to compete because they can’t. The BBC is a delusional dinosaur and we all know what happened to those. Even Boris Johnson doesn’t watch BBC news any more because it’s just too biased.

  2. Ed P
    March 6, 2015 at 10:18 am

    A case can be made for retaining a state broadcaster – the world service is/was one aspect for which tax funding is justifiable.

    But I’d shut down the rest of its woeful and biased outpouring of Common Purpose mentalist tripe.

    • March 15, 2015 at 6:44 am

      And most of it’s digital output can go with it. In fact, just leave us BBC 2 …!

  3. Stonyground
    March 6, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Apparently the Radio Four 07:50 God-Slot was even more appalling than usual this morning, if this is anything to go by:


  4. Lord T
    March 6, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Does catch up TV include DVDs or simply means ignoring whether the show is watch live or delayed.

    I don’t watch live or delayed TV but I do watch DVDs.

    • March 15, 2015 at 6:45 am

      It’s not DVDs, just broadcast, whether live or timeshifted.

  5. Old Geezer
    March 6, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    If the BBC could be relied on to provide an honest factual service it would serve some purpose. The main problem that the BBC has, is that it does not understand what unbiased means.

  6. Johnnydub
    March 6, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I think its clear what’s happening. People in ever increasing numbers are opting out of the BBC licence fee and the BBC want to renegotiate for a universal levy before the numbers are so great that the universal case cannot be made.

    As someone who opted out of the BBC 3 years ago, my feelings are they can fuck right off.

    • March 15, 2015 at 6:45 am


  7. March 6, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    The standard of entertainment TV in the UK is poor, there are some great TV shows being made in America. There are shows made 20 years ago there that are still ahead of what is made in the UK.

    Until the licence fee is killed and UK broadcasters adjust their models, starting with the BBC it’ll never get better.

  8. March 7, 2015 at 6:07 am

    I have a TV. I watch TV. OK, I am selective and I am in Oz. Here we get BBC stuff. The TV stations here buy it. Yep, the BBC sells its productions in the open market.

    Some of the bought stuff is of quite good quality. Dross ends up at 2am on some commercial channels but the main commercial channels all show BBC produced programmes in ‘prime time’.

    We do not pay for a TV licence here. Not even for our ABC – the slightly younger but just as depraved sister of the BBC. But everyone (who pays tax) pays for it through their taxes. The ABC is inflicted with the same distressing gene. It mainly affects the current affairs and news programmes both from the BBC and home-grown ABC and we do have some doozy left-wing shyte pupmeped into our rooms.

    Here too there are many people who want to sell the damned whore who infects us daily with her herpes.

  9. Furor Teutonicus
    March 7, 2015 at 9:14 am

    XX The committee has suggested another route to modernising the licence fee – a universal household levy.XX

    WE have this in Germany with the GEZ. Regardless whether you have T.V/Radio/intenet or not, you ahve an address, you must pay GEZ.

    There are people living without ELECTRIC, but they must pay.

    One guy last week, he lives in a tent in the middle of a forest. No electric, running water only when it rains, NOTHING. BUT, because the plot of land has a reccognised address, he is being threatened with prison for not paying his GEZ. (Which is a bit rich when rapists and murderers cam get parole as their sentence!!)

    • March 15, 2015 at 6:45 am


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