We’ll Reform BBC Licence Funding
The BBC licence business model was created more than half a century ago when we had a couple of TV stations.
Times change and the BBC needs to change with it.
It is grossly unfair to have to pay a BBC licence fee whether you watch BBC programmes live or not. It is time for the BBC to move to a subscription finance model.
The BBC keeps telling us how good their programming is, so they shouldn’t have any problem raising their money from subscribers who want to watch their shows.
Netflix up until recently had gross earnings of over $50 billion per year. Since the Ukraine war, withdrawal from Russia & a worldwide cost of living crisis, not to mention some dubious woke programming decisions, they have recently lost up to 20% of that. Still around $40 billion from a worldwide audience.
The BBC keeps insisting that it provides the best programmes on TV. On that basis you would imagine that they would be clamouring to be allowed to sell their programmes worldwide on a similar business model to Netflix? Instead of relying on £4 billion a year, extracted with menaces from 66 million UK residents, they would have over 6 billion potential customers for their excellent wares.
The BBC News and content has become increasingly politised. Their left wing bias is blatantly flouted in an attempt to manipulate public opinion.
A good example of this was Question Time during the Brexit Referendum. The BBC are required to invite a balanced panel from all main parties to debate on shows, BUT, their answer during Brexit debates was to invite Pro EU MP’s from all the major parties and Nigel Farage on behalf of leavers.
By the letter of the rules, it was a politically balanced panel but for the topic at the time was unbalanced and biased.
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It is understood that privately owned news broadcasters and media often have a bias to their content. They are commercial channels and are free to publish content aimed at whatever demographic or sector of society that they choose.
A public broadcaster however has a duty and requirement to be impartial. Their employees, staff and presenters should also be neutral.
Many people don’t understand the difference and inadvertently believe that they are being told the ‘News’, not an opinion about the news.
As a public broadcaster, the BBC need to either go back to telling us the unbiased facts about news events, or to continue to broadcast political biased content, they need to stop taking legally enforced annual payments from us and move to a subscription based business model.
The BBC are adamant that the quality of their content is second to none. Surely, if that is the case then they won’t have any problems selling it to their fans via subscription?
The left wing BBC management need to actually put their hands up and accept that they are in part responsible for the downfall of the BBC.
It’s long been the case that the arts and media are dominated by the left, as is education and much of the civil service. The long term take over allowed the left to frighten young minds about the end of the world, sexualise toddlers and attempt to spread their left wing agenda. I believe that these things are cyclical and the pendulum will swing back again at some point. These people don’t represent the majority in the UK, regardless of how loud they shout.
Privately owned news organisations are perfectly entitled to espouse whatever opinions they choose. Ultimately, their viewers will decide whether to watch and thus financially suport those networks.
The BBC is different. It is a publicly owned broadcaster. It should not have a political opinion. It should not be attempting to manipulate public opinion.