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I put it to you that for every minute of dross shown on the BBC there are at least 5 times more dross shown everywhere else- and in the case of America, 10-20 times more.
Well done. Pick an example you don't like and pretend their whole output is like that.
Yes I know. It's Hat Trick Productions.
Judging by the ratings of some of those people I think the BBC knew what to do with them.
Oh do fuck off and grow up Kermit for fuck's sake. You should be above that fucking shit :rolleyes:
Millions disagree with you Kermit.
A lot of it is. Two Pints of Lager, Little Miss Jocelyn, comedy classics!
So what was your point about out-sourcing, then?
So Jim Davidson isn't a racist? Anne Robinson isn't a virulent anti-Welsh bigot? Right-o :thumb:
So millions of people never watch anything other than the BBC, and when they watch the BBC they only watch programmes commercial broadcasters don't carry? Boy, that's a lot of people watching the OU.
The only thing the BBC can justify producing are programmes which are not made by commercial broadcasters- OU programmes, education programming, religioous programming. Everything else is using public funds to destroy private commercial enterprises, and that is abuse of taxation.
Competition should be fair, and with the BBC it is not. If the BBC produces an expensive flop (have you see Robin Hood, a programme so bad the incompetent BBC had to film it twice) it just whacks up the license fee and us muggins get to fund it. It is not competition, and it destroys variety of programmes.
The reason why so many people watch the BBC is because there is nothing else- the BBC actively prevents competitors, and where there is competition throws bad money after bad in order to bankrupt anyone else.
The BBC bars national radio competitors, and the BBC bars access to its Freeview platform to many stations.
The BBC has driven children's cable channels off the air with its own children's cable channel, simply because it has the bottomless pit of money to advertise. But even with the monopoly BBC Radio One is losing listeners in droves.
Of course you can point to some good programmes on BBC, just like I can point to many good programmes on ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and satellite television. But a slanging match about "quality" is not the point, and never was the point. The point is that I will be put in prison if I do not pay for the BBC, even if I never want to watch the BBC and never do watch the BBC. I will be jailed if I do not pay for your entertainment.
As I said, would you be happy if Tesco charged you £135 a year for its services, even if you only ever shopped at the Co-Op? Of course you wouldn't. So why is the BBC any different?
What channels have the BBC driven off the air, and what makes you think it was the BBC that did it?
If the channels are offering appealing programmes they will do well. If not, they will go out. That's capitalism for you.
Nice analolgy you gave there. Let me give you another one. Would you support closing down all museums and selling our national treasures and works of art because some of your taxes are going towards their upkeep? If you don't go to museums you shouldn't have to pay a penny towards the upkeep of their contents, right?
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ITV News. And I think there might have even been an ITV childrens channel too.
For everyone except the BBC.