“Those who use the BBC most are least likely to object to it; those who don't use it permanently resent it.
“And those like James Murdoch, who want to limit the BBC to the point of irrelevance, are able to piggyback their anti-BBC arguments onto that resentment.
“There is no question that it is, in effect, a regressive tax – the burden falling hardest on those who can least afford to pay it. Is there a better way?
“A licence fee is seen as a fee for services provided to everyone. In Australia, the funding of public broadcasting is seen another way – as a public good, a part of the greater public good that is funded through taxation.
“Not everyone watches or listens to the ABC in Australia, but almost universally, everyone is glad it's there.”