BBC - Your Days Are Numbered
BBC - Your Days Are Numbered
Looks like the BBC license fee may at last be scrapped:
BBC licence fee to be abolished in 2027 and funding frozen, Guardian, 16th of January 2022.
Their Charter is up for renewal in December 2026, and talk of scrapping it after that. About fucking time! When ITV launched back in September 1955 (yes, as long ago as that) the license fee should have been abolished then, and the taxpayer has been milked this fee for over 70 years when the BBC took all of the fee and didn't share it with other content providers. That was criminal.
But their highly biased Brexit coverage (just 3% was pro-Brexit) was the nail in the coffin, shortly followed by criminalizing the over 75s. Interestingly, and not a lot of people realise this, that UKGov withdrew the over 75s funding in 2015 - yes, the taxpayer used to pay it. The BBC then kept stum about it throughout 2016 until their Charter was renewed. They then waited a year and began their attack on the over 75s. The point is that their Charter was renewed for another 10 years on the basis that the over 75s would get a free license. There was no mention of scrapping it in the Charter renewal document - I know because I've read it! That was one indicator that they are true bastards. Yes, £668m for the over 75s is a lot of money to lose but bring the matter up when renewing your Charter!
There's a few years between now and 2027 and a change of government could reverse scrapping the license, but their days are numbered. Good riddance to the anti-British Boring Broadcasting Corp. With a subscription service they'll get approximately 0 subscribers. And they know it!
Hit Them Where It Hurts
The Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries, also plans to reduce the annual from £167 to £159 and then freeze it till 2024. That's a reduction of £8/license. With around 25 million licences in 2021 that hits the BBC the order of £200m per year. Good!
I like what Dorries has to say about the BBC:
"This licence fee announcement will be the last."
"The days of the elderly being threatened with prison sentences and bailiffs knocking on doors, are over."
The Key Outstanding Issue
There is one outstanding issue that I can see. Is UKGov just going to let the BBC go to the wall via a subscription service or is it instead going to add the cost of the BBC licence to a household fee/tax?
If the BBC opts for a subscription service it will vanish, and they and UKGov know it because overall they produce crap content. Knowing how UKGov works I can seriously see them adding a tax as part of Council Tax to fund a Big Brother state-funded propaganda news outlet. Also, let's not forget that there are too many at the BBC, Whitehall and government in general with their snouts in the trough and they are not going to see ~£4.5billion license fee money vanish without putting up a fight and some dirty dealing.
As I've said before - the British people actually own the BBC because they have funded it for decades. So, put it to a Referendum as to what they want to do with it. I'm convinced the British people would vote to get rid of it and not fund it any way, and again the BBC and UKGov knows this and as a result they're not going to hand over the power to the Proles. They learnt that lesson with the Brexit Referendum - the last referendum ever in my book.