Denationalise the BBC; abolish the TV licence.

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The BBC should be denationalised, with shares being offered to the public. The licence fee, a regressive tax that hits the poor the hardest, can then be abolished. Privatisation would also reduce the budget deficit somewhat.

Why does this idea matter?

The BBC is often accused of political bias. The quality of programming is dubious, both news programming and entertainment programming having been dumbed down over successive decades. Like all publicly-owned institutions, the BBC also likes to waste money. We are a democratic nation; we are also a nation that boasts a fairly large number of private broadcasters, none of which comes across as less professional than the BBC. The TV licence is as unfair and as out of place as an Internet licence, for example, would be. That we should have to pay the BBC in order to watch ITV is ridiculous.

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3 Responses

  1. Neil says:

    There is no need to pay the TV licence anymore. Just watch your TV via computer on catchup. TV licence is only needed if you are watching or recording live TV. Speak to the licence people if you are unsure and they will confirm.

  2. Kevin Longbon says:

    too true BBC should be denationalized and the advertising slots would be cheaper making products cheaper win win situation. government make money out of fines legal thievery again.

  3. Carl says:

    I could not agree with this anymore. Why should you have to pay the BBC for turning on your TV and watching other channels, the BBC should be a opt in or pay per view service. Not everyone watches the BBC.

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