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Inspector Sands13,682 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Free bus passes and free licence fees were vote bribing by Gordon Brown.

Even if they were only done for that reason that doesn't make them a bad thing?


Incidently what's now known as the Freedom Pass (the free travel scheme for pensioners in London) dates back to 1973
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Inspector Sands13,682 posts since 25 Aug 2004
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Anyone who suggests Radio 1 and commercial pop stations are the same has clearly never listened to one or the other.


The commercial stations actually play music, Radio 1 has far too much DJ waffle Razz

But then again Radio 1 plays more music and a bigger range of it than its commercial rivals (not that there are many of those left). The same with Radios 2 and 6, they play an incredibly wide range of music (there used to be a website that compares play lists but it's gone now)


They do more speech but that's how they distinguish themselves from other stations and the likes of Spotify. If you just want music there are alternatives these days and that what they are competing against
sjhoward528 posts since 21 Sep 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
AlexS posted:
...such as Wimbledon (and there is no reason why the first round of the girls tournament, for example, deserves coverage in any case)


Neil Jones posted:
Can I also remind him that the correct term is "Women's" football tournament...


I never realised that the first round of the Ladies' Championship at Wimbledon was more correctly known as "the Women's football tournament". I wonder how that historical curiosity arose?
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AlexS733 posts since 19 Oct 2016
Central (East) Midlands Today

Can I remind the honourable gentleman about "inform, educate and entertain".
Can I also remind him that the correct term is "Women's" football tournament, not the "girls", the men's football is not called the "boys football".

The correct term is not the women's football tournament as I was referring to the junior girls' championship which is covered on the red button and online rather than the adult women's tournament...
The excessive coverage of Wimbledon apologists would do well to remember that Wimbledon consists of a lot more than Men's and Women's singles and many of the other competitions simply should not be covered and certainly would not be if tennis was not such a middle-class sport. Somehow I doubt a game of basketball or rugby between those 20 years plus past it would have any chance of being shown on BBC TV yet every year they broadcast some of the invitational doubles on TV and all of it is available online.
Joe6,529 posts since 9 Oct 2005
Meridian (South) South Today
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 really need to produce every week?

What would you replace it with? New programming would cost more than an extra episode of something already in production.
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Joe6,529 posts since 9 Oct 2005
Meridian (South) South Today

I could see a model where the more commercially viable non PSB programming (EastEnders, Strictly) is sold off to other broadcasters, with the BBC continuing to produce it as an indie.

That additional income and new gaps in the schedule subsidise the more niche programming that commercial channels wouldn't touch, and helps to offset the net reduction in licence fee.

Then nobody watches the new niche programming and then people ask what are they paying a licence fee for. Next closure.
Literally Murdoch's plan for the BBC from 30 years ago

Indeed, you can't ghetto-ise the stuff that wouldn't be less commercially viable. You'd end up with a British PBS.
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Riaz614 posts since 6 Jan 2016
What would you replace it with? New programming would cost more than an extra episode of something already in production.


What new programmes would you like the BBC to produce, and why?