Compared to every other country I have experienced and lived in the quality of programmes you get from the BBC is cracking. Yes ok there might be some rubbish too but there is an awful lot that is very well made.
I don't think the £12 a month or whatever it costs is actually that much when you look at the quality of what you get. In Germany we pay about the same for a pile of rubbish!
We don't want American TV. We don't want adverts We don't want product placement
Need I go on?
You can choose not to pay for a tv license and not watch Live TV. You could also not listen to Live Radio though a tv license is not required to listen to radio. Up to you, though if everyone does it, then what do we get left with - PBS? Do we want that, the fundraising, the several messages of sponsorship prior to a 4 minute long children's cartoon (and yes, if you search YouTube you can find an episode of Adventures of Spot the dog, aired on PBS, along with the sponsorship ads).
HMV - are they still trading? Last I heard they closed 103 stores.
why do we pay money for a broadcast media (inc bbc license fee) in this day and age which could surely harness the power of new non-linear technology...
surely internet connected set-top boxes where we could watch the whole bbc (and other tv stations) archive will be technically possible soon...
the online retailer amazon, apple itunes and the hmv chain could run radio stations instead of the old bbc...
with streamed adverts like you already got on youtube and by offering the archive of bbc material to foreign viewers with ads, maybe we couls very soon be in a position where we no longer have to pay out for a license fee..