Furthermore, despite the fact that their attitude to the Eurovision Song Contest frankly stinks, I also find them heavily pro-European, often having to qualify any good economic news with the phrase "despite Brexit."
Do you mean anti-Brexit or culturally pro-European (since you mention the Eurovision Song Contest, which has nothing to do with the EU)? If it's the former, many Britons I know feel precisely the opposite -- some even believe that the BBC contributed to the Leave vote by failing to put enough emphasis on the likely economic and social consequences of Brexit. If it's the latter, I don't see it either. When I tune into France 24, for instance, it's obvious that I'm watching a European-based broadcaster, but BBC World News often spends more time on South Asian affairs than on news items from European countries. And the BBC's domestic channels, with the partial exception of BBC Four, show very little programming from other European broadcasters -- almost as if the UK weren't a part of Europe (which it is, regardless of Brexit).
But as a free market thinker I'm idealogically opposed to the idea of a broadcaster being funded by public money in the first place - possibly because of its bias, and at times, downright fake news.
Yes, because commercially funded broadcasters are never biased and don't spread fake news. (One surely can't imagine a privately owned news channel essentially serving as the official mouthpiece of the White House, right?)
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