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Andrew13,614 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
And that is quite a damning judgement considering the DS forums you do frequent

This is a massive day in the history of the BBC - it makes it so much likely it will be changed beyond current recognition at the next charter renewal.
I think it is something that when the history of the BBC is looked back on in 20 years - it's not seen as the beginning of a massive era for the BBC history.
Any polling - like by You Gov - will be fascinating if it is conducted.
I really do think this will help create the conditions for enough of the public to support either the BBC to become a one station network during pure PSB (No Strictly Come Dancing or Eastenders) or it being privatized as a commercial or subscription (Netflix style which would lead to many being cut out due not have the skills to access it.) broadcaster

To put it simply - the BBC has, under heavy duress - probably signed it's own extended death warrant.


I bet you watch Years and Years and find the storylines a bit pedestrian...
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natwel27248 posts since 14 Mar 2019
Meridian (South East) South East Today
And that is quite a damning judgement considering the DS forums you do frequent

This is a massive day in the history of the BBC - it makes it so much likely it will be changed beyond current recognition at the next charter renewal.
I think it is something that when the history of the BBC is looked back on in 20 years - it's not seen as the beginning of a massive era for the BBC history.
Any polling - like by You Gov - will be fascinating if it is conducted.
I really do think this will help create the conditions for enough of the public to support either the BBC to become a one station network during pure PSB (No Strictly Come Dancing or Eastenders) or it being privatized as a commercial or subscription (Netflix style which would lead to many being cut out due not have the skills to access it.) broadcaster

To put it simply - the BBC has, under heavy duress - probably signed it's own extended death warrant.


I bet you watch Years and Years and find the storylines a bit pedestrian...


That would be a good plotline. The world is ending and people are arguing over television license fees.
Jeffmister148 posts since 30 Jan 2007
BBC World
It's not even 24 hours since the announcement was made and the debate about the decision is already doing my head in. I wish the people who're criticizing the decision would explain how much of the BBC they would cut in order to fund the reportedly £745 million it would have cost the broadcaster (seeing they're now funding the free licences Pension Credit recipients will get, not the government) to keep giving free TV licences to everyone above 75.

It seems like the tabloid newspapers and people criticizing the decision (for some crazy reason) think providing free licences wouldn't cost the BBC anything when if they spent 10 minutes actually reading the documentation about the decision (like I did), they would have realized that:
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The new scheme will cost the BBC around £250 million a year depending on take-up. Had the BBC copied the Government’s scheme, the extra costs on top of around £500m would have meant unprecedented closures. In practice, we expect this would mean the closures of BBC Two, BBC Four, the BBC News Channel, the BBC Scotland channel, Radio 5live, and a number of local radio stations, as well as other cuts and reductions.


Sorry for the rant but seeing the uninformed debate has really frustrated me - especially because the BBC were between a 'rock and a hard place' in that they would have been crucified for whatever decision they made
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