BBC NO LONGER THE RESPECTED ICON OF BRITAIN – Give the public a democratic referendum tomorrow over taxpayer funding and it’s likely that the BBC would be left high and dry.
I can’t honestly remember the last time I heard anything nice about the BBC or what it produces. Ask anyone and the story is almost identical in that the BBC is bias, incompetent, and full of repeats with little or no original reporting and continuously attempts to cover up the criminal activities of its staff.
The BBC, once the bastion of British television and radio, has seen probably its worst year yet in history.
To start with we had the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal which initiated an in-depth Police inquiry, Operation Yewtree, which has resulted in a number of celebrities being investigated and charged for child sex offense.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was seen as inane and almost a mockery of Her Majesty’s long and highly beneficial rein over the United Kingdom.
If that wasn’t sufficient we were then witness to how the BBC spends vast sums of taxpayers’ money on mostly incompetent directors, managers and presenters. To put the icing on the cake the BBC even offered some of its high ranking directors and managers up to £150,000 just to move to its new Salford building.
Whatever happened to the integrity of the BBC? Money; that’s the only cause and over the years the successive BBC chiefs have found a lucrative way of forcing the public to pay for services that are well below any other standard of the independent television and radio providers.
Look carefully at any sector that is taxpayer funded and you will only have to barely scratch the surface to find the dirt.
Tomorrow Clear, an arm of the M&C Saatchi advertising firm, is due to release the findings of an in-depth survey but already parts have been leaked and the results are not looking good.
One element is that the taxpayer now feels that the £145.50 annual licence fee is poor value for money and that if the BBC restricted this to a ‘subscription fee’ less that 30% of those questioned said they would pay such a fee.
What is clear from the report is that the public simply cannot accept the continuous catalogue of errors and find it totally unacceptable that management and its CEO attempted to cover up most of what is going wrong in the BBC; especially in the case against of Jimmy Savile and other celebrities.
Whilst the BBC has had a long and illustrious history of entertaining and informing the public is it not time that we moved on? Why should the taxpayer have to support an organization in which it has little or no faith in?
Surely under a democratic system we should have a choice and maybe now is the time to restructure the BBC and let it stand on its own two feet.
The BBC, without public funding, would have two choices in essence; either succumb to commercial advertising or ask the public for a voluntary subscription fee – or maybe a combination of both.
The public rightfully expect value for money and it is clear that the BBC is not providing such value. Its services over the past years appear to amount to little more than spending cash in order to cover up its failings and with the millions it has spent on such activities it is little wonder programming has suffered as a result.
Give the public a choice and put the BBC at the mercy of subscribers and viewers. If the BBC is that confident they are able to deliver high quality content then there is little or no reason such a commercial entity would require taxpayer funded support.
Should the taxpayer have to pay the BBC licence fee? Do you think the BBC has failed the British public? Please leave your comments below.