The UK press is predictably angry about the BBC’s request for an increase in the licence fee. When you’re reading stories about this you should bear in mind that papers like the Sun are slightly biased as they are owned one of the BBC’s broadcasting rivals.
Many of them seem to be reporting this as a done deal instead of the more accurate picture, which is this is the amount that the BBC are asking for. There are any number of government committees to go through before the rise is approved.
And it really annoys me that people complain about spending about a tenner a month on the BBC (potentially rising to fifteen pounds in eight years time if these reports are accurate) when they’ll happily spend two or three times that each month on cable or satellite channels – where they have to suffer being advertised to as well.
I’m aware that I’m in danger of sounding like the man from the old Not The Nine O’Clock News sketch (“I would gladly sell my wife to finance the BBC”) but I do think that they provide a top class service and that even at these new levels, the licence fee is incredibly good value.
(I should, of course, point out that the BBC are my current clients, but this hasn’t altered my opinion of them)