The Great BBC Debate Continues


There’s a good comment piece in the Independent by Christopher Bland, former BBC executive, considering the politics of different approaches to the BBC:

The Conservatives have been sensibly supportive, in general terms, of the BBC as one of the United Kingdom’s few remaining world-class organisations, as has, most of the time, the Labour Government. A BBC review that is constructively radical, and that takes into account the wider broadcasting and media environment, can inform both government and Opposition decisions and preserve the essence of what arguably remains this country's most important cultural and creative institution.

Via Christopher Bland: Review the BBC but don’t destroy it – The Independent.

You need to be well-informed about this debate, as I suspect the BBC is one of those things you’ll appreciate the most when it’s taken away. You might want to read about the open letter written by Sir Michael Lyons to BBC LIcence payers. Link here.

You might also want to take a gander at the BBC’s Annual Report: here’s a link to a PDF. In that annual report, you’ll learn such things as this: BBC Radio (that’s Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, Five Live, Sports Extra, 1 Extra, 6 Music, Asian Network, BBC 7, BBC local radio) costs each licence payer £2.01 per month. Worth it? The BBC web site that the Murdochs make such a fuss about? £0.61p per month. BBC Two costs £1.95. And so on: link here.

Join the debate yourself in the comments on this Guardian piece.