Today we asked our readers this question – ‘Is it now time to defund the BBC?’. This question was a hot topic due to the BBC threatening to axe Rule Britannia and Land of hope and glory but due to mass public pressure, the BBC today said they are now playing the music but are banning the lyrics. Below is what our readers said. If you want to join in the conversation, have your say below.
“Presenters grossly overpaid as well as self opinionated. BBC is best before corp not really up to date with world affairs on news programs only on what IT thinks we should hear which is why so many of us use other channels to get a cross section of news around the world. Beeb is a dinosaur not even fit for a museum.“
“Yes, it’s an anachronism now, out dated and propagandist. Given the output, it should not be a conduit for political agendas and fanciful so called inclusive projects. There is no accountability, whilst being legally enforceable for having a ” device” that can receive BBC content. Make it a non enforceable subscription, put the technology in place that prevents non subscribers receiving content. It’s for too long been bloated and protected.”
“No longer, can they be considered as a NATIONAL broadcaster – thereby removing a significant part of one of the tenets for keeping hold of the out-dated license fee funding system! Make the BBC truly work for it’s money in the commercial modern world, scrap the license fee and introduce the subscription format that other broadcasters have to survive on (if that has to include advertising, so be it – after all if they choose that route and advertising gets too excessive, customers can vote with their feet and choose whichever station/programmes they are more comfortable with, without being still legally obliged to fund a deteriorating BBC!).“
“Yes definitely it should self fund like other stations the people should not be held to ransom with the threat of court action people should have the option to pay to watch bbc or not if not the bbc could block channels if people don’t pay”
“The licence fee is an ancient idea, irrelevant in times of multiple broadcasters streaming content. Do we need a licence to watch broadcast media on a tablet or phone? So why, then, a TV? Do away with the licence and update the BBC charter. It was once the voice of the nation, now it is the voice of the bigoted few who have lost the plot and forgotten the nation that pays them.”
“Yes!! Defund the BBC and use the money to support our officers to be able to do a proper job and get decent recruits! I’d happily pay my TV License towards the Police doing a proper job not pandering to BLM and taking the knee!”