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We're Paying for Bad TV and Dammit We Want It!

Too fun not to fudge on my hiatus. If ever you find yourself lacking evidence that the state should not be involved in media...

BBC told to quit ratings war

The BBC must ditch its obsession with winning the TV ratings battle and focus on high-quality [sic] public service programming. Tough new rules will mean that instead of "copycat" entertainment and makeover series - designed to compete with commercial rivals - every one of the corporation's television channels and radio stations must fulfil its obligation to screen more peak-time documentaries, original drama and comedy, current affairs and arts-related shows.

The proposals come in a Green Paper on the BBC's future Royal Charter obligations. In effect, it will lay out a " mission statement" for the corporation that is far more explicit than any BBC Royal Charter to date.

Sources close to Whitehall say the BBC will also be warned that it can no longer sidestep its public-service remit by "burying" high-quality [sic] programmes on specialist digital channels such as BBC4, showing them out of peak viewing hours or even by putting them on BBC2 rather than BBC1.

That's right... No more burying the bad TV shows nobody wants to watch late at night... If we are going to tax the British people for bad television, we want it right out there where everyone can see it.

To hell with what viewers want to see, we have standards to maintain. We're paying for bad TV and dammit we want it!

--Ya know, if the BCC would hire a few sound engineers who were not deaf, their shows might do better.

Comments (6)

They better not touch the n... (Below threshold)

They better not touch the new Doctor Who, that's all I'm saying.

I quite like what they show... (Below threshold)
Rob Hackney:

I quite like what they show on BBC America.

They should KEEP AWAY from that fucking awful reality tv garbage and do more drama. I've watched some good BBC dramas. The only thing that really compares to them for me is some HBO shows. ( Ok, and CSI )

You might not understand what the BBC is though Paul, as a UK relative assures me it's not a govt station. It's independent of govt general funding and truly of the people directly, whether they want it or not, paid for by a TV license ( I kid you not ) tax.

Rob if it is paid for by a ... (Below threshold)

Rob if it is paid for by a tax, how exactly is that "independent" of government funding?


It is not a tax because lib... (Below threshold)

It is not a tax because liberals like it. Allowing common folk people to learn from their Betters.

definition: "Betters", noun. Those having superior intellect and the right to educate the common people. Betters find it difficult to fund their activities directly from commerce. Thus, they prefer funding through taxation.

Paul blustered: "Rob if it ... (Below threshold)
Rob Hackney:

Paul blustered: "Rob if it is paid for by a tax, how exactly is that "independent" of government funding?"

Because it's not GOVERNMENT FUNDED genius. The govt does not alot it an money. ( If my UK based relative is to be beleived, and since he works in communications, ,he'd know more about it than US. )

Whatever the BBC does, it's not tied to getting revenue from the govt. It get's it's authority from the Queen herself or something. Whatever it is it's NOT state run commie media. ( though it's probabyl commie anyway. )

Well, if the "people" are f... (Below threshold)

Well, if the "people" are funding it, who votes for the guys who determine the programming? Or are they "appointed" by the government? Why can't they get their funding from paid advertisers? WTF? Now they want to change it (some time in the future) so a tax is put on computers instead. They don't like the fact that some people are getting their news electronically or able to watch "snippets" of programs on-line and aren't being taxed for it.

Everyday I'm more sure that living in America is better. Wish some others felt that way.






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