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Free the Beeb

Over the last 30 years, successive governments have shown determination to dismantle many of Britain’s institutions, from our universities to selective schools and examination standards. This has been done under the auspices of greater access for the general public, rather than jealousy economics preached so vehemently by liberal politicians. So why has the BBC remained untouched? In this age of budget constraint, is it still appropriate that a household is forced to pay for a yearly licencing fee to subsidise the BBC? The Corporation’s current troubles and often politically slanted opinion is neither appropriate nor appreciated. This can easily be addressed by withdrawing the Licence Fee funding which would alleviate stress on the public’s finances while forcing the BBC to enter the real world of market economics. Much of the income deficit could be derived from advertising and the floatation of off-shoots, such as the radio stations and their on-line content. It is totally unsatisfactory for the BBC to be used as a sounding board for any incumbent government of the day and its position of influence in British society. A positive initial step would be to allow households to buy a TV without BBC content that could be added, if so required, with a top-up card.

Paul Langtry

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