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To think the BBC really should be shut down?

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Loeri Fri 06-Sep-13 07:45:54

After the child abuse scandals, and now this where BBC execs have been given payments far beyond anything they were required to be given, isn't it time that the BBC was just shut down? It can't really be said that it makes the best TV in the world anymore, the best TV programmes come from the US and have done for well over a decade now. I just don't see the purpose of the BBC in 2013. It is arrogant, bloated beyond belief and seems only to exist to provide cushy jobs for the Guardian set.

ohforfoxsake Sun 08-Sep-13 14:44:23

My comment was a general observation, not specifically about women's sport.

I suspect the Head of Sport doesn't champion women in either sport or television production unfortunately.

friday16 Sun 08-Sep-13 14:08:28

"They won't dig deep to get the rights to so many events. "

They would hardly have to "dig deep" to get the rights for women's superleague football (or, aside from tennis and athletics, most other women's sport). I'd have thought that provided the BBC offered chocolate biscuits instead of digestives with the coffee at the meeting the FA would give them for nothing. It's hardly a sellers' market. Do you seriously believe that there are women's sports the BBC could be showing, but the stopper is the price of the rights?

ohforfoxsake Sun 08-Sep-13 13:35:39

Head of Sport is a woman. Says it all really...

They put the accounts before viewing figures. They won't dig deep to get the rights to so many events.

The BBC is far too concerned about what the daily fail and the like think and it's lost it's confidence.

It needs a massive management overhaul. Far too many ineffective managers taking the piss out of the programme makers and keeping themselves in jobs they don't deserve.

ivykaty44 Sat 07-Sep-13 18:44:59

the brutal truth is the BBC is not what people are claiming, the BBC puts viewing figures before being unbiased.

I don't believe you that it is expensive, it is expensive to keep giving away money from the BBC to ex employees is it more or less expensive than that to show woman's sport on the BBC and not have it as 85% male dominated

ILetHimKeep20Quid Sat 07-Sep-13 17:36:30

Wasn't woman's football shown in BBC3 a few weeks back?

HomeHelpMeGawd Sat 07-Sep-13 17:16:08

Friday, as I understood it, the main argument against funding the Beeb through general taxation was that it brought the Beeb within the ambit of government and thus more susceptible to political influence / interference.

Incidentally, income tax is non-regressive, but most other forms of taxation are regressive to some degree. VAT is the most notorious example.

friday16 Sat 07-Sep-13 16:18:03

"There are some really great sports out there that only a smaller number of people may enjoy to watch but you think we don't deserve to be able to watch them due to cost."

The BBC shows very little domestic sport. It's not about "deserving", it's about the brutal truth that it's very expensive and once you get away from Premiership football and possibly test cricket no-one, for practical purposes, watches it. They could televise basketball and ice hockey, but it would cost staggering amounts of money and attract minuscule audiences. And I'd be interested to know what you think are the "really great" sports that would be successful on TV are: it needs to be something comprehensible, with a reasonable number of participants who will provide the initial audiences, which is aesthetically attractive. Leaving aside the men's/women's issue, what are the sports that would be good TV that currently aren't shown, and which have more than a few thousand potential spectators?

ivykaty44 Sat 07-Sep-13 15:45:09

What a great crying shame

There are some really great sports out there that only a smaller number of people may enjoy to watch but you think we don't deserve to be able to watch them due to cost.

I would rather poke my eyes out than watch football by any sex - but it would be watched and it may have even grown, but with the BBC as misogynistic as it is we will never know

friday16 Sat 07-Sep-13 15:16:28

"So friday are the BBC to only to show sports that are popular the same as ITV?"

Given the cost of showing sport (even if the rights are free, it's a major OB) the answer is pretty much "yes". Or at least, more popular than a couple of thousand people a week. There's no proposal to show non-league men's football, for example, which has attendances far higher than the women's top tier.

ivykaty44 Sat 07-Sep-13 15:00:58

So friday are the BBC to only to show sports that are popular the same as ITV? I thought the argument was the BBC is paid for and world class because then it will show programs that are not popular and not for the masses, it will take risks.

But woman's football has a far more complicated history and has had up to 50000 spectators... it was destroyed on purpose though's_association_football

yellowballoons Sat 07-Sep-13 14:50:35

and want not would. doh

yellowballoons Sat 07-Sep-13 14:49:04

That should say shouldnt not should blush

I am what is known as a floating voter. I would straight news,truth, not biased in any way. You wouldnt have thought that was too much to ask in the uk, but it seems to be. Not on.

yellowballoons Sat 07-Sep-13 14:45:56

I didnt say totally left wing. I said a left wing bias.
It has been studied and researched hasnt it.

So they are now having to try and redress things partly, or at least be seen to try and redress things.

I dont like bias either way. Fox news is awful. Right wing beyond belief. Should be allowed.

friday16 Sat 07-Sep-13 14:32:58

"Womans football is top class in the Uk and yet it is never shown on BBC, mens football is shown. Why how can that not be unbiased,"

Manchester United, one of the leading men's football teams (other successful clubs are available), play at Old Trafford. It has a capacity of 75 032. Their average gate is 75 032: they sell every ticket, every match. Over the premiership, the average gate is about 37 000; given there are typically ten matches per week, around 370 000 people per week pay to watch men's premiership football.

Arsenal Ladies, far and away the leading British women's football team, play at Meadow Park, Borehamwood. It has a capacity of 4502. Don't worry about phoning ahead: there'll be tickets. The FA Women's Super League has an average gate of 550. If there were ten matches per week (there aren't, there are only four) attendances would total 5 500. As it is, about 2 200 people per week go to see women's premiership football, less than 1% of the attendances at men's premiership matches.

It's hardly a compelling argument for showing it on the telly, is it?

TotemPole Sat 07-Sep-13 14:08:37

What are all these reality shows?

There's the strictly ballroom type, then the voice, the boot sale hunter/antiques. What else is there?

Inertia Sat 07-Sep-13 13:58:02

Re big commercial media companies such as News Corp - Tortington is spot on :

" They have your eyes , your ears and your government"

I want a broadcaster who is not in the pocket of Murdoch or his ilk.

Darkesteyes Sat 07-Sep-13 13:48:29

Yeah Course they do Yellow Thats why DPAC were protesting outside their HQ this week which they didnt report on and why they made a programme called WE All Pay Your Benefits.

Yep TOtally left wing hmm

ivykaty44 Sat 07-Sep-13 13:35:35

Bunbaker -^Many of seem to miss the point that without the licence fee the BBC would only make populist programmes^

and that is what the BBC are doing making popular programs and not making programs that would be a risk - if only fools and horses was actually made now it wouldn't have stayed on the TV more than one series - due to the risk as it wasn't popular for the first series.

but as has been pointed out they are very popular

You can't have it both ways, either the BBC needs to balance of the programs or they stay the same as the ITV channel.

Sports is also heavily dominated by male sports, they had the olympics and that showed how much people want to watch womans sport, cycling was shown and it proved that womans road cycling was far far more exciting than the male side and yet still the BBC refuse to show it.

Womans football is top class in the Uk and yet it is never shown on BBC, mens football is shown. Why how can that not be unbiased,

Just because you don't mind if there is nothing on tv that you want to watch doesn't mean it is right to have a total slant on the programs available.

I don't want to watch womans football, but then I don't have that choice to go to the pub and watch womans football I only have the choice to watch male football on BBC why is that right?

Tortington Sat 07-Sep-13 12:53:53

i would rather pay for the bbc than be bombarded by bipartisan political news channels who fund political campaigns shamelessly pushing disgusting agendas.

has anyone seen the fox anti gay stuff?

the best reason is political, in a word dominated by enormous media machines such as news corp, we need an organisation that is not in the clutches of big business, that big business cannot manipulate the public's feelings to engender a response from a government which will no doubt require action which indirectly makes them more money - a political campaign to which they have donated massively to gain influence.

so they have your eyes, they have your ears and they have your government.

and fuck me if all the dumb shits aren't fucking PAYING this monstrous machine for the privilege.

Bunbaker Sat 07-Sep-13 12:40:42

"Reality tv is excessive on both ITV and BBC,"

I agree, but as has been pointed out they are very popular. So are soaps and sport which I don't watch either. But I don't mind. If there is nothing interesting on TV I have loads of recorded stuff to watch, or I could just MN instead smile

LisaMed Sat 07-Sep-13 12:12:01

I think that you need to have a furtle in the outer reaches of the BBC to see where some of the benefits are. You don't have to judge all of the BBC on BBC1.

Yesterday I failed to cook the fish souffle using the recipe I got from their food pages as OH was late, but I was able to give him some idea about which way to get out of the traffic jam by using their travel pages. Fortunately I kept DS occupied playing the computer games on the Ceebeebies site. I am a bad mother but ds has learned loads from that site.

Lots of different groups get lots of different things from the BBC. In my posts I've mentioned, (iirc without checking) Walking with Dinosaurs, Sherlock, Doctor Who, The White Queen, EastEnders, Strictly, Pointless, Great British Bake Off, Casualty, Holby City, Coast, Boat Race, Last Night of the Proms, Life on Earth, The Royle Family, QI, Bottom, HIGNFY, Fawlty Towers, and can I add Watchdog, Countryfile, BBC Cymru, BBC Alba, local radio, Bollywood Carmen and Changing Rooms. That's just the tip of the output. BBC make room for all sorts, and they are able to take risks without worrying about shareholders and their commercial interests.

yyyyyyy to stricter financial auditing and HR issues.

(I do actually watch other channels as well)

SinisterBuggyMonth Sat 07-Sep-13 11:44:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Jaynebxl Sat 07-Sep-13 11:41:06

Yellow that's quite funny ... all my lefty friends think the bbc has too much of a right wing bias!

yellowballoons Sat 07-Sep-13 11:20:20

The BBC has a left wing bias, everyone knows that.

ivykaty44 Sat 07-Sep-13 10:05:35

Do you really think that the BBC giving a majority of one style of program for viewing figures is value for money when they are not making programs as they might not get a high viewing figure?

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