Well guys, here's the deal. If you think the BBC is biased, by and large, you're wrong. Biased to what? Every Political Party says it's biased against them (especially when in power), so what to make of that? The only News you get that's relatively unbiased in this country is TV/Radio News, because it is required by law to be
. Your newspapers, of whatever persuasion, are NOT required to be, and with about ONE exception I can think of, aren't. OK, so whose TV News is the most biased? ITV? BBC? Sky? Well I'll give you 2 examples of bias or non-bias. Sky News is actually a very good News programme, but when the News of the World Political editor got done for tapping phones of the rich and Royalty, what was the channel that barely covered it and swept it under the carpet? Sky (owned by Murdoch). Second example: during the Falklands conflict the Tory Govt screamed long and loud about the biased BBC coverage. When the Belgrano got sunk ('GOTCHA!!' - Murdoch response
) the Govt initiated a Public Enquiry into the BBC's coverage on the 9 o/c News. They compared it second by second, to ITN's coverage the same night. The amount of time spent on te story, the slot in the programme, the tone of the report, the style of the report and the language of the report, were found to be identical. Who had the balls (later kicked into a pulp by a lying govt) to expose the sexed up dossier to invade Iraq? And the subsequent treatment of the BBC was total disgrace but did anyone have any sympathy? Well very few of the National Papers, they rubbed their hands with glee. Those in the TV industry watched on in disbelief.
Open the BBC up to proper debate? Don't you ever watch the News/read the papers? The BBC (and funding thereof) gets debated all the time
, it gets kicked around like a football by the govt of the day, and every year when it's time to set the licence fee, the Newspaper Press stick the boot in.
You think the BBC is irrelevant? If there were no BBC, especially now with the squeeze on terrestrial advertising for ITV, you would have virtually nothing British to watch except football and cricket (which cost you a bloody fortune on Sky). What would your kids watch? CBBC, produced here, or American cartoons interspersed with adverts for McDonalds. How would you find out or know about your country? Do the Yanks make programmes about us? I don't think so! We already know a lot about the US but they know diddly squat about us and they ain't bovvered! Even the most hardened and cunning Politician knows that the BBC is a very large part of the cultural heritage of this country and is an invaluable asset. They will kick it around and whinge and moan about it, but they know it is necessary. You think things are bad here now, with violence, gang culture, obesity, don't-give-a-sh*t attitude? Try having a future of pay per view!
If you don't like paying the licence fee, fair enough, but please don't trot out a load of propaganda that you read in the Sun, or indeed the Times, the Daily Mail, the News of the World...I could go on. And be prepared for some real
bias, because come Election time, who is Sky going to tell you to vote for? Probably the same Party as the Sun, funnily enough.
And yes, I think Jonathan Ross is an overpaid git!