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. The non-equal pay….I could go on.
Unencumbered by the need to make money (though they do – a lot), it seems to me there is a complacent culture at the corporation which is trading in a public affection which I fear is on the wain. If I’m thinking that way I suspect a lot of other people are too. I just asked Twang Jr (nearly 16) what he watches on the BBC. Answer – nothing. Does he know what’s on for young people? “No”. Is he interested? …but he’s looking at his phone again. Does this matter?
I don’t like the idea that the current government is exacting some revenge on the Beeb for some perceived slight. But it doesn’t feel like all is well despite that.
What do you think? and what should be done, before it’s too late?