The TV license hasn't been fit for purpose for years. The BBC has got bigger and bigger and the TV license has only increased bit by bit.
It makes sense to me that it wouldn't be fit for purpose.
BBC News, BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC should really be gone by now.
I think they'd need to consider advertising because I'm not sure how else they are going to get the money to support all the services they have left. It may end what the BBC is all about but I think it's all over. The BBC really is on its knees now.
The BBC is in a better position regarding its major source of revenue compared with many independent TV channels. It has an almost guaranteed income from the TV licence - despite a decrease in the number of houses with an active TV licence - and is not at the mercy of advertisers and neither does it request subscription payments.
The reality is that the BBC, like most other organisations, has to learn to cut its coats from the piece of cloth that it has. There has been criticism of BBC bosses squandering money on Holby City and just exactly how many episodes of Eastenders does the BBC
need to produce every week?
The BBC needs to have a long and hard think about exactly what it wants to be and whether it can realistically afford it. The bosses should also be aware that the TV licence (in anything resembling the current form) has about 10 years maximum life left, so they should start to explore alternative methods of funding.
Perhaps the BBC should have a bash at offering a subscription only channel and / or put certain iPlayer material behind a paywall in order to evaluate the public's view of such a concept and whether it's successful or not.
I'm also wondering whether the BBC should continue with Radio 1 or whether it's a relic from the late 20th century offering a service that can easily be covered by commercial and internet radio stations nowadays.