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« on: May 13, 2015, 12:37:00 PM »

this is in the news again with the appointment of a supposedly anti BBC Culture secretary

with multiple platforms these days, hundreds of channels around, is BBC funded by licence fee still appropriate?

should it accept advertising?

do you begrudge paying the TV licence fee?
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2015, 12:48:14 PM »

Doesn't bother me really, doesn't cost too much and they do decent stuff from time to time and I listen to the radio everyday in the car.
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2015, 12:49:19 PM »

I don't mind paying it.  They make some excellent programs and it's nice not having adverts in them.   If you analysed my channel watching habits during the week I think BBC1 and BBC2 would be top of the list.

I do think it's a cheek that it's a legal requirement though.
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2015, 12:51:52 PM »

The TV licence fee is the single best value for money thing in the world. £150 a year - Sky Sports is what, £400-£500 a year?

Something I've not seen mentioned (and someone correct my thinking if it's wrong) but wouldn't the scrapping of the licence fee, and the BBC taking advertising, be disastrous for ITV.

Imagine if every ITV advertiser said 'we have to split our advertising budget now so we're cutting our spend with you by half'
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2015, 12:54:27 PM »

best value for money ever.

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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2015, 12:55:30 PM »

Bargain imo.

My day starts opening BBC online for news. Radio 6 music & radio 4 throughout the day. Catch up with TV in the evening on the iplayer. So much quality content, Auntie Beeb is just great.
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2015, 12:59:10 PM »

If sky forced everyone to subscribe by law then their monthly fee would be a lot lower as well.   You can't compare the two.  If BBC was subscription then I would pay for it as I like their output but I resent the fact I am forced to subscribe under threat of imprisonment.
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2015, 01:23:31 PM »

If sky forced everyone to subscribe by law then their monthly fee would be a lot lower as well.   You can't compare the two.  If BBC was subscription then I would pay for it as I like their output but I resent the fact I am forced to subscribe under threat of imprisonment.

Nobody's forced to buy it. If you don't record or watch any programs as they're broadcast you don't need a licence. Unfortunately it includes the non-BBC channels as well.

If you only watch catch-up services or things like Netflix then you can just cancel your licence.
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2015, 01:24:08 PM »

Doesn't bother me really, doesn't cost too much and they do decent stuff from time to time and I listen to the radio everyday in the car.

You don't need a licence to listen to the radio.
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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2015, 01:24:56 PM »

Yes, I very rarley watch BBC or listen to BBC Radio I probably watch maybe 2/3 hrs per week of the beeb.  

Also the bias at BBC on a number of issues is shocking.  
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« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2015, 01:32:07 PM »

Bargain imo.

My day starts opening BBC online for news. Radio 6 music & radio 4 throughout the day. Catch up with TV in the evening on the iplayer. So much quality content, Auntie Beeb is just great.

Everything mentioned above is a bargain because you don't need to pay for it.

Just makes the licence fee a bit more of a rip off for you.

Fortunately because you don't know about it you happily carry on paying without batting an eyelid as you think you're getting good value for money.
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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2015, 01:33:50 PM »

Yes, I very rarley watch BBC or listen to BBC Radio I probably watch maybe 2/3 hrs per week of the beeb.  

Also the bias at BBC on a number of issues is shocking.  

Just because it doesn't fit in your view of the world doesn't mean it's biased.

I imagine just as many Tories and non Tories will claim its biased.

Look at a broadcast like Putin's mouthpiece Russia Today and then claim that the BBC is some heavily  government influenced organisation.
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« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2015, 01:34:55 PM »

In case anybody wondered yes I do begrudge it but only because they don't make it clear whether or not you need it.

It's not a problem for me because I can afford the £12 a month or whatever it is but it's basically another "stealth tax" on less well off people as far as I'm concerned.

Completely disgusting!!

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« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2015, 01:39:29 PM »

Yes, I very rarley watch BBC or listen to BBC Radio I probably watch maybe 2/3 hrs per week of the beeb.  

Also the bias at BBC on a number of issues is shocking.  

Just because it doesn't fit in your view of the world doesn't mean it's biased.

I imagine just as many Tories and non Tories will claim its biased.

Look at a broadcast like Putin's mouthpiece Russia Today and then claim that the BBC is some heavily  government influenced organisation.

Why would I ciompare it against Russian State Media?  That is just stupid. 

I don't want it to subscribe to my views I want t to be impartial.  There are many times I could site BBC bias. 
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« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2015, 01:53:34 PM »

Cameron has one chance to abolish the licence fee and this is it, says Charles Moore http://specc.ie/1HgH4op 
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