- Negative. It is funded by a compulsory payment, which is a real problem if you watch television but never BBC. It's not great if you don't use the BBC much. (Of course, it is cheaper than Sky. But the compulsion is still a point against.)
- Negative. Related to that first point, it is perceived to have an institutional bias towards the left and the left's particular concerns. Tony Benn may complain that it is right-wing, but very few people further right than Marx would agree. That would be less of a problem in a privately-run situation, but the compulsory funding model makes anyone who dislikes the BBC's ideological stance choose between not having a television at all, or funding something they would prefer not to fund.
- Positive. It is not driven by commercial pressures. This means it can produce stuff which a private company, especially an advert-funded one, could not produce.
- Positive. The BBC is publicly-owned, although formally independent of the government. That means that the paying public have a sense of ownership, even if it is somewhat removed and mediated through the trust
Friday, September 18, 2009
How to annoy everyone
I was listening with half an ear open to the arguments about the BBC and the two culture spokescritters for Labour and the Conservatives: Ben Bradshaw (Lab) has been complaining about the Trust, Jeremy Hunt has been saying he won't top-slice the licence fee, the BBC DG weighs in, that sort of thing. And it occurred to me that the following problems and benefits are perceived with the BBC: