And another thing! Yes, I know I've got a little behind, and everyone else has abandoned the thread, but:
Why do the people who complain endlessly about paying the BBC licence fee, not also complain that they are paying for commercial TV? It's funded from the money we spend with advertisers and - wait for it - we have no choice!
£145 per annum for a licence fee: whinge whinge whinge. £205 per annum per household paid for TV advertising: not a murmur of complaint.
We don't complain because we don't pay for it directly like we do with the TV licence.
Personally I think the BBC should become a subscription service where you pay if you want to watch it. Otherwise you can watch everything else for free, or you could subscribe to other channels.
What has the BBC got to offer these days?
New top gear is likely to be rubbish, F1 has gone, same with Moto GP, no decent comedies.
All they have is the Voice, Eastenders and loads of repeats.
Don't get me wrong, I am not a BBC hater. They have done some great stuff in the past, but they have lost their way in terms of decent programmes, and their funding model needs a serious re-think.