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…and finally

Wow. Even though I visit this forum only occasionally, this announcement has hit me like a ton of bricks (as I'm sure it has for many others). While I have to admit I'm not surprised by considering what has happened over the past few months, it's still a massive shock nonetheless.

Pretty much everyone who has commented in this thread has taken the words of my mouth and (frankly) articulated those thoughts in a better way than I would have. Will add one other point though - as a media enthusiast who doesn't live in the UK, TV Forum has been a go-to destination for me (and I have no doubt many others as well) to hear about what's happening in UK TV (particularly when it comes to news coverage and obviously how much people hate 'Oneness' today). The community which this website has been able to foster that has allowed insiders and 'ordinary' people the platform to share (sometimes passionately) their love for TV has been truly special to be part of. While it can't be replicated, here's hoping another forum (where it's the one Rob is setting up on TV Live or another one) can provide a home for all of the conversations, debates and insights TV Forum has hosted for many years to continue.

Finally, thank you Asa for setting up this website - all of us will forever be truly grateful for everything you've done to foster engagement and interest in the UK media industry. All the very best for whatever the future holds for you. Special thanks also to the moderators for your hard work ensuring things didn't go completely off-the-rails at times! To everyone else, hope this isn't a goodbye but merely a farewell - here's hoping our paths will cross somewhere else in the future.

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TV Licence Fee Decision

It's not even 24 hours since the announcement was made and the debate about the decision is already doing my head in. I wish the people who're criticizing the decision would explain how much of the BBC they would cut in order to fund the reportedly £745 million it would have cost the broadcaster (seeing they're now funding the free licences Pension Credit recipients will get, not the government) to keep giving free TV licences to everyone above 75.

It seems like the tabloid newspapers and people criticizing the decision (for some crazy reason) think providing free licences wouldn't cost the BBC anything when if they spent 10 minutes actually reading the documentation about the decision (like I did), they would have realized that:
The new scheme will cost the BBC around £250 million a year depending on take-up. Had the BBC copied the Government’s scheme, the extra costs on top of around £500m would have meant unprecedented closures. In practice, we expect this would mean the closures of BBC Two, BBC Four, the BBC News Channel, the BBC Scotland channel, Radio 5live, and a number of local radio stations, as well as other cuts and reductions.

Sorry for the rant but seeing the uninformed debate has really frustrated me - especially because the BBC were between a 'rock and a hard place' in that they would have been crucified for whatever decision they made