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TV Licence Fee Decision

No Continued universal over 75's exemption (June 2019)

AlexS posted:
If the BBC needs to save money it could slash its budget for high brow drama and documentaries pitched at a level the typical man cannot understand that is only watched by the middle classes who can afford sky and are well catered for elsewhere. It could also move its sports coverage away from middle-class sports such as Wimbledon and Equestrian and towards sports more popular with the working class that would cost a fraction in terms of rights etc.

Is linear TV - in general - a medium that's moving away from folk in the higher socioeconomic groups towards folk in the lower socioeconomic groups? BBC2 and BBC4 are increasingly looking like islands of exception following the decline in quality of certain satellite channels such as Discovery and History Channel.

Where once ITV produced TV that BBC could only dream of (The World at War, World in Action, Survival), it has been decimated thanks to the company mergers, in fighting and squabbles that happened during the 90s and 2000s. No quality thresholds in place.

In another discussion it was mentioned that outsourcing production to indies has not really been very successful when it comes to having a diverse and high quality selection of programmes on ITV.
News96 Look North (Yorkshire)
Well that's those wanting the Presenters to take a paycut Told!

james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
Don't expect the licence fee moaners to stop, even with that.
It is so clear that the BBC are going to end up being forced to cut heavily and then try an win the battle against the government by making some cuts as a pre warning for the big cuts to come in the following years. Might be the BBC's best strategy.
Last edited by BM11 on 15 June 2019 3:59pm
JKDerry UTV Newsline
The BBC will get over this upset. it was not the BBC's choice, it was the government's. Who will blink first? Well we will see when the new Prime Minister is appointed and see who is appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

72 days later


BBC told by the PM.
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Of all the lies BoJo has said today thats what The Independent has run with? Shocking journalism.
Stay Local. Stay Safe. Stay Alive.
Of all the lies BoJo has said today thats what The Independent has run with? Shocking journalism.

Mirror as well - through they have been running a high profile campaign.
Jon Central (West) Midlands Today
Yes but the Mirror front page is basically blaming Boris, whilst sister paper the Express is blaming the BBC.
JAS84 Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
They may have the same owner now, but they still have their own editorial direction. You'l probably find that the Sun and Times don't always agree with each other either.

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