The only reason the BBC finds taking the axe to the News Channel tree easy is because there's little opposition to it - commercial opponents (Sky) want the News Channel closed, the government are happy for it to close because they want to stay in the
's good books, the papers generally hate the BBC and particularly the News department and most of the public are in different to it.
The News of the World phone-hacking scandal means that the Tories being friends with the Dark Lord is a thing of the past. I don't think that the public's memory is that short.
Really, is that why Rupert Murdoch had two 'secret' meetings with George Osborne in the weeks preceding the announcement that the provision of free license fees for the elderly was to be transferred to the BBC's coffers rather than the government's earlier this year and seem just as eager to please The Sun as ever. Phone hacking changed nothing in the way of politician's relationships with the Dark Lord, Salmond and the Conservatives didn't really distance themselves from Murdoch post-2011 and it has by-and-large has had a negative effect on the BBC particularly in regards to the DCMS, though I wouldn't be surprised if Salmond's Anti-BBC rhetoric during the indie campaign and decision to replace BBC Scotland with the SBS thus cutting BBC income by almost 10% was influenced by the Dark Lord.
Politicians love to suck up to the Dark Lord in their own interests - in Blair and Cameron's case it's simply to get favourable coverage from The Sun and with Salmond it was not secret he was trying to get The Scottish Sun to support 'Yes'. And in return for favourable coverage they give the Dark Lord concessions - under Blair the BBC lost its independence, under Cameron the BBC is set to lose its very existence. It's corruption plain and simple, but who cares.
Of course they don't just do it to the Dark Lord - as 'One Nation' as Cameron pretends to be (other than the hardline Thatcherite he is, or Osborne has dragged him to be) he's never wanted to upset Mugabe, and Blair also tried to get him on side - though the Heil was never going to support New Labour no matter how Thatcherite Blair made them. Dirty Des was also another target of Cameron and Blair's media strategy though ultimately both of his 'newspapers' are now pro-UKIP. The Torygraph, Mirror and Grauniad are all ignored by the leaders for being staunchly Conservative, staunchly Labour and and complex mix of left-wingers and bourgeois 'I support welfare but not if it raises my taxes' Blairites, respectively. Ultimately this always causes the BBC a lot of harm as the area that the Dark Lord and Mugabe agree on most is their detestation of the BBC and their desire to own the profitable chunks.
Aside from corruption, the other reason the Conservatives hate the BBC is purely ideological. This government hates the public sector (seemingly even more so than Thatcher if the privatisation of education is anything to go by) and thus hates to see any public sector institution do well - hence why they are running the NHS into the ground. As the only element of the BBC they currently have control over is funding (though Whittingdale has announced that the government will appoint the replacement for the BBC Trust) they can slash that and let the BBC run itself into the ground, partially because they know the BBC is terrible in a crisis and also because there has never been such a gap between the management and production sides of the BBC. This means that the cuts fall totally randomly because management is now made up entirely of career executives who've never stood in a TV studio let alone have any idea about producing a programme.
BBC Management and the cuts are a lot like Osborne and welfare cuts as they are done purely on a 'making the sums add up' basis rather than what is best for anyone. Half the executives at the BBC couldn't give a sh*t about the future of the organisation and there are a growing number of serious rumours that some of the executives are actually 'plants' there to undermine the future of the BBC - why should the executives care they'll just move to another channel to further their careers. You can see the contempt for the production side in the fact that the Head of News could next be the Head of Entertainment - they don't need people who know about the department, just somebody who'll balance the books. The BBC's three biggest enemies are the Dark Lord, the government and their own executives and the three of them are a lot closer than they'd like people to know. And that is why the BBC (particularly News) is screwed.
P.S. sorry for the rant/essay.