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    In regards to the topic of talent, I very much hope the abundance of new woman appointed in cabinet positions were chosen on the basis of merit, or 'talent' as opposed to the idea of trying to make the Conservatives look more appealing to women by having a lot more of them on the front bench and in the party itself.
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    (Original post by nulli tertius)
    In the internet age the rest of the UK media industry is not profitable enough to withstand the cuckoo that is the present BBC.

    Every local newspaper complains about the BBC website. Even Classic fm is now moaning that Radio 3, traditionally that most listener antagonistic of stations, is trying to nick its audience.

    My view would be that the BBC abandons all non-exclusive programming (so that it can broadcast largely the same material throughout the world-news, current affairs and some sport excluded) and moves to a global subscription model with effectively the UK government paying a "subscription" out of general taxation to sign up the British population.
    The trouble is, audience-nicking has always been the name of the game and the BBC producers and staff don't see why they should be denied it. For example, Saturday night TV viewing was dominated by the BBC for decades, with ITV in the end almost giving up the game. At that time, nobody complained because the BBC quality was so high and because having paid the license fee, people doubtless expected a good return.

    Perhaps the big change now really is that other subscription services and models are widely used, so many more people see a choice to the license model and can better evaluate its utility.

    I agree about the Radio 3 thing, I love Radio 3 but I hate it when they take it down a commercial route and at the same time ditch a lot of the real specialist quality that once marked them out. Saturday afternoons being a case in point. :sad: Sometimes the BBC really does have to serve precisely those tiny audiences that other broadcasters don't care about. At the same time, have enough tiny audiences stitched together and you serve everyone!
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    cant wait for the majority who voted tory complaining about them in the coming months oh the irony
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    (Original post by Dez)
    We pay for the privilege of having a TV, radio and news network that is nearly impervious to corporate bullying. Top Gear's a famous example, motor companies often respond to scathing reviews by cutting ads/sponsorship from the network who broadcast it, but against the BBC that obviously had no effect. Plenty of things the BBC does would never be possible if they were held to ransom by advertisers and sponsors all the time.

    BTW most independent studies put the beeb as having a right-wing bias, and historically it's generally been very right-wing, more so obviously when it was a fully nationalised service. Also calling them atheist is a bit perculiar when they continue to run Christian-based programming on literally a daily basis.
    Give me these "independent studies".
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    (Original post by The Dictator)
    Give me these "independent studies".
    Living up to your name there. :p: I am the peoples' servant in matters of TSR website development, but not in matters of scientific research. Go Google it if you're interested.
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    (Original post by Dez)
    Living up to your name there. :p: I am the peoples' servant in matters of TSR website development, but not in matters of scientific research. Go Google it if you're interested.
    You made a controversial and possibly untrue statement justified by non-existent evidence. I have all rights to demand that you present me with such evidence, and now you try and back out?
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    (Original post by Ruffiio)
    In regards to the topic of talent, I very much hope the abundance of new woman appointed in cabinet positions were chosen on the basis of merit, or 'talent' as opposed to the idea of trying to make the Conservatives look more appealing to women by having a lot more of them on the front bench and in the party itself.
    Yeah right
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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    The trouble is, audience-nicking has always been the name of the game and the BBC producers and staff don't see why they should be denied it. For example, Saturday night TV viewing was dominated by the BBC for decades, with ITV in the end almost giving up the game. At that time, nobody complained because the BBC quality was so high and because having paid the license fee, people doubtless expected a good return.

    Perhaps the big change now really is that other subscription services and models are widely used, so many more people see a choice to the license model and can better evaluate its utility.

    I agree about the Radio 3 thing, I love Radio 3 but I hate it when they take it down a commercial route and at the same time ditch a lot of the real specialist quality that once marked them out. Saturday afternoons being a case in point. :sad: Sometimes the BBC really does have to serve precisely those tiny audiences that other broadcasters don't care about. At the same time, have enough tiny audiences stitched together and you serve everyone!
    Why should commercial content be subsidised from taxes? Do we really need DIY shows on BBC?

    Government funding should focus on: news, current affairs, knowledge, education, localism, europeanism and minorities.

    BBC and 4 should be fully privatised and only given minor PSB requirements. Government should then bankroll a media fund inspired by it's Dutch counterpart, similar to our UK Film Council. Funding for Media Fund should be similar to France's CNC, with an entertainment levy, government taxes, and lower television license.

    I still support PSB requirements however.
 
 
 
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