I’ve always been a big fan of the Beeb, and have argued in support of the licence fee many times. There should be a reliable broadcaster with balance and no agenda, reliable, honest, trustworthy. And no frigging adverts.
But….but. I’m losing my faith. Their election coverage was pretty poor, their support for the two party solution, that awful debate where Jo Swinson was crucified where it turned out the tickets were allocated in proportion to current parliamentary seats (for the next parliament election….). The vox pops with angry pensioners in Stoke shouting about “we should be out” with never a follow up question, never some exploration of why it matters to them so much. Question Time, which is unwatchable. The Today Programme which is often unlistenable with their habit of inviting (e.g.) a scientist and populist nutter and give them the same airtime and the same patina of respectability. Thought For The Day. The bloated website. The adverts for their own programmes. The over-paid presenters. The senior management cost (cars from the station to the office as obviously they can’t get the tube). Allegedly the Beeb team at major sporting events is multiples of 10 bigger than commercial stations. » Continue Reading.