- 7 Jun 2014
I'd endorse every word of that. I no longer have a TV and watch BBC television on iplayer: other channels I find a pain to get hold of without a deal of faffing around, so I only try when I'm exceptionally keen.Given that ITV don't cover the Olympics it's hardly surprising that the BBC sent more staff to cover them than ITV.
Seriously, complaining about the BBC in this country is as common as complaining about the state of the railways. The BBC is obliged to do many things that other broadcasters aren't and there are times when a national public service is an absolute asset. The current crisis is one of them. No organisation would be able to respond in the way the BBC has with online learning material, for example.
BBC News is always accused of bias. The Tories complained about it when Labour was in power. Labour complain about it when the Tories are in power. That suggests to me that there's not an awful lot wrong.
As for cost could savings be made. Probably - tell me an organisation that can't save some costs. On air talent would generally earn much more in the commercial sector than at the BBC.
As for the license fee at £157.50, this is an absolute bargain. Compare and contrast to a Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sky or BT subscription. They don't provide the breadth of TV coverage the BBC does or the radio (both local, national and World Service) or online content.
The BBC is far from perfect but be very careful what you wish for.....