What Next for The BBC?

Is it still possible to justify the TV Licence?

Featured image from here

A Slow Realisation

When I got my first full-time job, having to get myself up early enough to take care of myself in the mornings, I turned to the TV for company. I never liked the format of the other breakfast shows, with their focus on celebrities, gossip and other trivialities, so I gave the BBC a go. I found it stuffy, to the point it was often boring, but they seemed to focus on the important, interesting and newsworthy topics. Most importantly, they were delivered in a manner that suggested they were true to their reputation of impartiality. Juxtaposed with the obvious biases of the tabloids, the BBC quickly became the only news source I’d trust.

Are They Even Trying?

In their breakdown of the recent Harry and Meghan interview, their ability to remain ‘balanced’ over the suggestion that someone in the royal family might be racist was something to behold. It could not admit the likelihood that someone in an institution built on racism, and reliant on the belief that some bloodlines are inherently superior to others, might contain racists!

More important than missing billions, apparently. Image from here

It’s Easily Explained

While they don’t have billionaire owners who they need to please by pushing certain agendas, the makeup of personnel at the BBC still offers an explanation. It is understandable, given the time, that when the BBC was formed its whole ethos was developed by a class who were better off than the majority. Today, those in the top jobs earn a fortune compared to the average citizen — their top news readers and other stars are undeniably rich.

Staffing Issues

Some see the Conservatives and the BBC as having a revolving door when it comes to employment. Robbie Gibb left the BBC to become Theresa May’s Director of Communications, while as Mayor of London Johnson appointed Guto Hari of the BBC to head his media team. Political Editor Nick Robinson was famously head of the Oxford University Conservative Association.

Andrew Neil: massive, massive Tory — taken from here

Where Does This Leave Us?

I cannot bring myself to watch the BBC anymore, yet still I pay for it. My children occasionally like to watch Hey Duggee, and if I didn’t pay we’d be breaking the law. Beyond that, it is necessary to pay to watch any live TV, not just the BBC’s own output. I enjoy rugby, and before having children I consumed hours each week. But the last few years I have watched little more than the Six Nations Championship, on S4C where possible. I’m paying £150 for a handful of rugby games on alternative channels and maybe an hour’s worth of drawings about a dog and his squirrels.

Politically Left, parent, Welsh. Writes about any combination of the three, and occasionally other subjects entirely. leftwingdad.com

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