GOVERNMENT WARNS BBC TO TACKLE BIAS OR FACT LOSING THE LICENCE FEE – I’m not a fan of the BBC or rather should I say what the BBC has become.
The BBC was once a true British icon, a bastion of true, the light to the darkness. Today it’s become over-bloated with over-paid executives who clearly appear to have their own agenda.
The BBC has been plunged into all manner of controversy over the last couple of years; firstly we were made aware of Jimmy Savile’s vile abuse of young children; many of whom were children at hospitals.
Move forward and allegations arose of senior management and executives being awarded vast pay-offs; all under the watchful eye of top BBC executives and the BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten.
The apple appears not just to have fallen from the tree but has been left to rot in the decay of irresponsibility and corruption.
The BBC has also been continuously accused of bias in reporting the news. This has come to upset many MPs and Ministers who feel that the BBC are simply targeting a certain political party in order to spite Government actions being taken against them.
I won’t sit here and pretend I’m not bias for to write anything requires a certain level of it. The truth is that if you are passionate about the subject matter you are writing about then a certain degree of bias will be included.
However, unlike the BBC who has thousands of employees that are able to interject meebal.com has just two and therefore our reporting is certainly more bias than most.
On that note meebal.com is more geared towards debate and we openly allow anyone to challenge our views and give their own – it’s why we have an open comments system and why we invite anyone to write their views to be published.
We do however try our best to give both sides of the debate on many occasions and if you care to read through the articles that we’ve published you will also quickly determine that we will openly berate any political party if we feel there is an injustice.
The truth is that there’s nothing much to choose between Labour, Tory or the Lib Dem and as for UKIP – well they remain an unknown quantity at this point although in the interest of transparency I will say that I’ve written a fair number of articles supporting their cause.
The Tory chairman, Grant Shapps, has obviously been sat down by Tory MPs and Ministers and discussed the BBC’s on-going attack of the Tory led Government and it’s time to bring them to book.
In order to reel in the level of bias, Mr. Shapps has given the BBC a stern and clear warning – either you tackle the bias or the Government will cut the licence fee; effectively this would then leave the BBC to defend itself in an already crowded market place and unless it is able to generate revenue commercially it will inevitably go bust.
Mr. Shapps is of course painting a slightly different picture in that he feels the BBC needs to rebuild public confidence after all that has gone on over the last few years.
Yes, Mr. Shapps did hint at the Government’s frustration of the BBC’s left-wing bias that could question the BBC’s public credibility, but I suspect the Government has well and truly become exasperated at the continued attacks on its policies by the BBC and threatening to scrap the licence fee might just be a way to bring the dog to heel.
The Royal Charter that provides the BBC the ability to charge a licence fee is due for renewal in 2016 and with £3.6 billion at stake I strongly suspect that the top executives will take measurable action in order to protect their jobs and the salaries they earn.
You could of course turn the table around and state that the Government is simply attempting to curb the BBC’s reporting over its continued failures; which is exactly what Labour MPs and Ministers are doing.
Yes, there are two sides to every coin but should the taxpayer really be subjected to an outdated and antiquated licence fee charge.
Maybe it’s time for the purse strings to be cut and for the BBC to make its own way in the world. It is after all a very well established corporation and with the right management would thrive under an independent system and then of course it could report the news anyway it saw fit.
My fear here is that the Government, with Mr. Shapp as its mouthpiece, is simply attempting to force the BBC into reporting what it wants.
It could be argued that this is reminiscent of things to come with the Government’s plans to introduce a Royal Charter for the press in which it will inevitably be able to silence.
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