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the BBC isn't it time we just got shot of it?

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southeastastra Thu 22-Nov-12 22:51:42

it's very middle class blue peter biased in my view

not to mention the cover ups of late

i know that the majority wouldn't agree but a subscription service for radio 4 etc would ensure that's continuity

Autumnalis Thu 22-Nov-12 22:55:00

The BBC is ok. The licence fee is minuscule. They could get rid of Jeremy Clarkson, though.

hiddenhome Thu 22-Nov-12 22:55:27

Yes, we should get shot of it. They think far too much of themselves. The cover ups have appalled and sickened me. People keep going on about it happening years ago and times have changed, but I don't buy that. I think they're a bunch of fuckers and I begrudge every penny of the licence fee. We hardly watch the damn thing as it is, and hardly ever watch the BBC anyway.

valpollicella Thu 22-Nov-12 22:55:33

How could they fund the quality output with a subscription service?

FabulousFreaks Thu 22-Nov-12 22:56:24

Their bias is shocking

Bunbaker Thu 22-Nov-12 22:57:35

Most of the programmes I like to watch are on the BBC so YABVU.

ThatVikRinA22 Thu 22-Nov-12 22:58:09

YABU in my opinion, the beeb is just about the only channel i watch - do you really want an end to reasonable dramas and decent programming in favour of X factor and im a celeb? because i dont.
i never watch itv. rarely watch ch 4 these days either.
i watch alot of bbc 1, 2, 3 and 4.

i do not want rid of it and i think the government has just been waiting for an excuse to get rid tbh.

i want quality programming. not shit reality tv thats churned out endlessly on the other channels.

BeautifulBlondePineapple Thu 22-Nov-12 22:58:48

Dunno about the whole BBC but can we at least dump Steve Wright? He is so goddam smug and incessantly talks over the music. If he had been within reaching distance last week when he talked over Nirvana's Lithium I would have throttled him!

...and breathe...

ArtexMonkey Thu 22-Nov-12 23:01:45

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OddBoots Thu 22-Nov-12 23:02:34

No, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. They stuffed up but it's not like they've even come close to a Murdoch style brushing under the carpet and they are the ones who will benefit if the BBC gets closed. I shudder at the thought of that already near-monopoly controlling more of our screens.

TooMuchRain Thu 22-Nov-12 23:06:11

The BBC is amazing and so much more than the sum of the saville story that is being very obviously exploited by the Murdoch media.

WhereYouLeftIt Thu 22-Nov-12 23:06:32

Getting rid of the BBC would be getting rid of the baby with the bathwater IMHO.

Winston Churchill said “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” I reckon that the BBC is the worst broadcaster except all the others.


hiddenhome Thu 22-Nov-12 23:06:45

What are people watching on the bbc then? I can't find anything worth watching sad I catch Holby City once a week and that's it.

LadyBeagle Thu 22-Nov-12 23:10:38

I watch a lot of the BBC, and their world service in countries that are unable to access anything else is a service that can change lives.
I feel they're well balanced in their news reports, though the whole Jimmy Savile thing and the cover up has shocked me.
But then again, where were the Sun, The Mail, ITV, and Channel 4, nobody did anything.
And yes I like shite telly, I watch X Factor and I'm a Celebrity, but I trust the BBC, they're like a comfort blanket.

musicposy Thu 22-Nov-12 23:11:19

The idea of a compulsory licence fee is antiquated, in my opinion, a relic of a time when there were only a couple of channels to watch. I can't see it is so much better than anyone else that we have to pay for it. And the licence fee is most certainly not miniscule! It's a lot of money if you're only on a very average wage.

I agree, OP. It's had its day. Make them advertise/ get subscribers like everyone else.

Flatbread Thu 22-Nov-12 23:12:40

I agree. Get rid of public funding for BBC. It is obsolete and has mediocre programming.

I watched the US election coverage on BBC and Sky News. On BBC, they had an old fat guy with some boring guests and a rambling commentary. On Sky they had interesting interviews with people in the ground and iinformative statistics in the screen on voter demographics etc. BBC seemed so 1990s in their coverage style.

Plus I find a lot of their documentaries of very average quality. Not surprising as their production budgets are slashed while useless management line their pockets with our money.

I would willingly pay for Radio 4, though.

Flatbread Thu 22-Nov-12 23:13:43

On the ground

Nancy66 Thu 22-Nov-12 23:13:57

God no. They have their problems but they are still world class broadcasters.

Whenever I come back from places like the US or Australia I am always so glad we have the BBC

hiddenhome Thu 22-Nov-12 23:15:06

Radio 4 is the only half decent thing they churn out, the rest is utter cack. They've become complacent and arrogant. Get rid of them, they suck.

Confuseddd Thu 22-Nov-12 23:16:32

Yes, they need a shake up. You're generally only allowed to be on tv as a female if you're young and decorative. It's part of the old boy's network. And can I nominate Jeremy Paxman, Jeremy Clarkson, John Humphries and Johnathan Ross to be first to go. Their arrogant and insensitive posturing makes me fume.

Ahhhh, thanks. I feel better now

Bunbaker Thu 22-Nov-12 23:18:23

BBC programmes that I have enjoyed/am enjoying:

The Great British Bake off
The Paradise
Inspector Montalbano
The Killing
The Secret of Crickley Hall
Mock the Week
Have I got New For You
Great Continental Railway Journeys
Various cookery shows

Nancy66 Thu 22-Nov-12 23:19:55

Question Time
the recent Jimmy McGovern series of dramas
Good Cop

WhereYouLeftIt Thu 22-Nov-12 23:20:14

I love Paxman and Humphries! Clarkson should be shot at dawn isn't worth a damn, and hasn't Ross already gone to commercial TV?

DioneTheDiabolist Thu 22-Nov-12 23:22:28

I never appreciated the BBC until I lived outside the UK.

It is brilliant. I never want it to go. YABVU

Flatbread Thu 22-Nov-12 23:23:03

Bun, which of these programmes are of compelling Public Interest that they need to be funded by taxpayers?

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