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darcysarto

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Tory MPs Press For Urgent Review of BBC Licence Fee Funding
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:05:08 AM »
No, it's not the weather, or Princess Diana that makes the front page of the Sunday Express this week it's the BBC.

Tory MPs look to tear up BBC licence fee

In which it appears Andrew Bridgen and Philip Davies (plus up to 48 others) are pushing for the question of BBC funding to be included in the forthcoming Charter renewal.  Indeed quotes in the article appear to suggest they believe it's a vote winner...

If the latest Tory campaign succeeds in pushing the issue on to the party's manifesto, campaigners say it will 'all but guarantee' change.

Speaking to the Sunday Express last night Philip Davies MP said he and "many others" would be backing Mr Bridgens call for a review. He said: "I totally believe the BBC licence should be abolished and moved to a subscription model. The BBC keeps saying the fee represents wonderful value for money; in that case it has nothing to fear from entering the market.

Strangely, people such as this and the Freedom Association, quoted in the article, spend a lot of their time insisting the BBC is too big, does too much and should be reigned in from certain areas of the market and yet at the same time wish to remove the licence fee to force it into the market?

Undoubtedly the damage wrought by the Mark Thompson years and the ineptitude of the BBC Trust during it's existence has opened the doors and windows to attacks such as this, the BBC isn't perfect but it's the best we have.  I do seriously wonder whether the DQeffing and salami slicing has left it too weak to fend of such attacks.

But again quotes such as ultimately, technology will render the licence fee redundant lead me to believe for the benefit of us all, the imperfections of the BBC need to be separated from the concept of public service broadcasting which is the ideal which the BBC should be striving for?  If we don't we may be left living in a country with hugely right-wing media where Sky broadcast Strictly Come Dancing and the contestants get to do the Goosestep.
« Last Edit: November 16, 2014, 11:06:49 AM by darcysarto »

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Re: Tory MPs Press For Urgent Review of BBC Licence Fee Funding
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2014, 04:53:14 PM »
Steve Hewlett interviews Andrew Brigden the MP instigating this on the Media Show today 19/11.

Steve takes Brigden to task by pointing out that he was the MP campaigning for the licence fee to be decriminilaized in March, at the time Brigden said his motivation was to protect and defend those people who had been prosecuted and punished etc. Steve notices that this motivation can not be the case for his latest campaign and it appears that it is a launch against the BBC. (Pretty much the same as the earlier campaign) This is not denied by Brigden who has no decent argument or premise for limiting the BBCWhen asked about the implications FOR the BBC ie no longer being universally available. He replies that Sky is universally available for those who pay for it..which says it all about his understanding of public service broadcasting and his true motivation..He says that Javid has sent him a letter saying that all and everything will be on the table for discussion when charter renewal pops up after the election. I think it would be fair if the political parties make their positions clear on the future of the BBC in their manifestos..although we can probably guess where the Tory party stands..


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