Quite a good take on the BBC here…

“…the public has realised that there is also another BBC: a corporation that purports to be a public service but pays its Director-General a whopping £816,000 and its head of personnel more than the Prime Minister. It is an empire that schedules TV programmes to wrong-foot its rivals. Proposals seen by The Timeslook like a welcome recognition that the empire has gone too far, and should focus back on quality programming. But they actually constitute an evasive and artful strategy designed to keep the next government from intervening, while in reality changing very little.

In proposing to axe the BBC’s UK magazines, relinquish its hold on the teenage market, halve the size of its website and cut two radio stations, Director-General Mark Thompson presumably hopes to give the impression of embarking on a path of serious reform. But if he is serious about reform, he needs to do much more than axe a few radio stations that no one has ever listened to and websites that few have ever visited. The real giveaway in the proposals is that the BBC seems to have no plans to give anything back to licence-fee payers”

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  1. Mailman says:

    So this harks back to something Ive been banging on about for years.

    1. Sell of BBC international (or what ever the hell its called).
    2. Cut loose the BBC news “companies” so they quite rightly compete on the open market as real competitors and not as sham competitors with a near £4billion budget!
    3. Focus on quality programming and not the suger puff sh1t that passes for documentaries today (which all claim Mann is the sole cause of global warming ™).
    4. Get rid of the tv tax.



  2. Martin says:

    Listening to the average beeboid, they often talk about Sky Arts (the beeboids love it), but here’s what I find odd. Sky Arts can’t get a lot of viewers, yet Sky feels that it’s worth doing, yet the BBC doesn’t seem to feel the need to have a similar channel (unless they did one called Muslim Arts in which case they’d probably love it) and it’s left to a commercial rival to provide the outlet.  
    Have we not got things back to front? The BBC seems to be trying to act like a commercial company rather than a state broadcaster who is supposed to inform, entertain and educate.    
    Scrap the TV tax all together, provide a small pot of money (funded in part from the Government and from the Lottery) to allow programme makers to make shows that are worthy and leave everything else to the commercial sector.    
    The best science programmes are not on the BBC generally (Sky at night excepted) but on Discovery, National Geographic and so on. So why do I pay a TV tax only to see crap like Eastenders or Muslim Driving school?


  3. George R says:

    Trade unionists at BBC threaten strike to extend preferential discrimination for ‘British Asians’, and their ‘British Asian culture’, to be paid for by British indigenous people!

    “Stike warning over BBC plans ‘to cut services'”


    • It's all too much says:

      I can think of at least one ‘asian-British’ radio station run successfully on a commercial basis

      What is it that this does not supply?  Perhaps it fails to transmit the approved BBC narrative.  Clearly there is no need for a tax funded station other than 1) to further demonststrate that the BBC is Britains’ leading multi-culturalist force 2) to carefully frame the BBC societal change message and support the narrative 3) lots of lovely high pay high status meejah jobs


  4. Scrappydoo says:

    The rumoured “cuts” are only a few percent of the BBC total spend. It is a political move ahead of feared real changes if the conservatives win the next election.  The BBC plans to carry on as usual.  If it were serious, it would make real savings and pass them on to the license payer.


  5. Martin says:

    Interesting that the BBC are bigging up the James Murdoch comments about the BBC being too big, but the BBC are ignoring their drug using buddies at the Guardian who are also not happy about the BBC’s website. The Guardian of course is one of those organisations that would also like to charge for online content,


  6. George R says:

    Labour’s ex-beeboid, Bradshaw:

    “We might scrap the BBC licence fee if we win the election, claims Culture Secretary”

    [Then again, we might not- a deceptive Labour ditherer].

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