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BBC Licence Fee


flycatcher1

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Some years ago I took part in "Any Questions". I asked if the BBC Licence Fee was past its sell-by date? Gerald Kaufman was on the Team and I well knew his antipathy to the Licence Fee.

His arguments did not convince me and, in the past, I always trusted the good old BBC. During World Wide travels the BBC World Service always provide a reliable update of world events with little UK slant.

As the years have passed I have come to look upon the BBC less favourably, exorbitanttant salaries, expenses and perks together with variable programming has made me think that it is time for a change.

If a cost reduced BBC was paid for by general taxation the poorer people would save money and the expense added to the richer people, even the Oldies like me.

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morddwyd

I don't really have the time for another of your wriggling sessions, so I'll leave you with it.

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robgf

The BBC is a public service broadcaster. It's unique, and has been the envy of the broadcasting world for a long time, partly because it doesn't have to court advertisers to stay alive.

Last year (2011) was a record year for the BBC in terms of selling programmes to other countries. The corporation sold 74,000 hours of high-quality UK programming to over 690 customers from the USA to Kazakhstan to Indonesia. Those countries take BBC output because their own programming can't compare - David Attenborough has consistently been the top-selling TV presenter in the world.

There are all kinds of problems at the BBC - that's been the case since the day the corporation started, but to dismiss it as being 'on borrowed time' is to completely misunderstand its status as a quality broadcaster, both here and abroad.

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oresome

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The BBC costs me around 40p per day, which I consider a bargain.

I'm sure with a lot of pain they could cut costs and reduce the figure to nearer 36p.

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Bing.alau

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I would have thought that by selling the programs it makes to other countries it must be making a tidy profit. Who gets any profit if they do make it? I suppose the answer to that is the government!

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Jock1e

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[ its status as a quality broadcaster, both here and abroad.]

There is no denying that but even great company's have gone bankrupt or put out of business.

Not the BBC they just increase the Licence fee.

The common person on the street no longer want to pay the price and would prefer not to pay for a licence.

Why do they not make TV's without BBC on them.It doesn't matter you still have to pay for the licence to use the signal is the answer you get.How much does it really cost to send a signal.

Robbery without violence springs to mind.

It maybe not be on borrowed time but maybe level the playing field and make them advertise for funds the same as the rest of the TV companies have to do.

You loose BBC and all it's TV and radio stations and there will be others queuing up to take their place they are not indispencable.

Those are my views and I would not for a minute think that I would stand alone with my thoughts.

Of course you will get some that prefer the BBC the way it is and they love the programs but if shove came to push I would think that the majority would prefer a no license fee BBC.

You still get all of your programs but you do not need to pay to watch them.

You may have to suffer the adverts but I am sure that we are all used to them by now.

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oresome

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Can I pay another 40p per day and eliminate the adverts on the commercial stations please?

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Jock1e

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fourm member

Hi thanks for that.

If we could see where the poll was taken and how many voted may come in handy.

The problem is we have to pay for all of those services,

But we would not need to pay for a license if the BBC was the same as the others and used advertising instead.

I found this on another Forum but not sure if it is rubbish or not,But maybe thinking about it maybe he could be correct.

[Under EU rules it is illegal what the BBC is doing. They cannot fine you for not having a licence. Google Government pages.]

There are some crazy EU rules and it would not surprise me if the comments were correct.

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Jock1e

"Not the BBC they just increase the Licence fee."

No they don't, because they can't do that without the consent of parliament.

"But we would not need to pay for a license if the BBC was the same as the others and used advertising instead."

No, we wouldn't, but neither would we get any of the minority programming which the BBC is obliged to provide under the terms of the Royal charter. What we would get is a constant diet of low-grade reality TV and other stuff that is cheap to make - opium for the masses. Advertisers would have to spread their budgets even more thinly, and we would lose the quality TV that other countries envy so much.

"Under EU rules it is illegal what the BBC is doing. They cannot fine you for not having a licence."

That's complete rubbish - there is an act of parliament that governs what the BBC can and cannot do with regard to licence fee evasion.

If you're going to rant about something you might at least make the effort to do a bit of research first, and get some of the facts right.

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Sweet-Tea

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The BBC Licence fee should be scrapped. The government should find other ways of funding. The whole thing needs a huge revamp~ revenue and programming!

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Jock1e

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Forum Editor

About having to go to the Government for a price increase.I assumed everyone new that.

Not exactly what I would call a rant.

Did I miss something.

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