Apply ethnic quotas to the cast of “The Archers”

Radio 4's tedioulsy smug serial drama "The Archers" consistently fails to represent a cross-section of British society.

Ambridge is shamefully devoid of immigrants, refugees or religious minorities.

By casting white, middle-class, rural people the show fails to represent modern farming which is clearly diverse and tolerant to all groups of people (I admit that there is a Geordie cast-member these days but I don't think she can be considered to be an ethnic minority)

The occaisional gay, lesbian or trans-gender cow wouldn't go a miss either.

Why is this idea important?

Radio 4's tedioulsy smug serial drama "The Archers" consistently fails to represent a cross-section of British society.

Ambridge is shamefully devoid of immigrants, refugees or religious minorities.

By casting white, middle-class, rural people the show fails to represent modern farming which is clearly diverse and tolerant to all groups of people (I admit that there is a Geordie cast-member these days but I don't think she can be considered to be an ethnic minority)

The occaisional gay, lesbian or trans-gender cow wouldn't go a miss either.

Retain FM radio

As part of the digital Britain report, it was proposed that national FM radio be switched off to free up bandwidth for DAB broadcasts. I believe that FM radio should be retained. I also believe that if we are to switch to a digital format, there are several formats which have considerable advantages over DAB.

I suggested to the last government that FM should be retained and DAB allowed to die. Their response was that DAB had to proceed since there were already a few million DAB sets in the UK. The fact that there are hundreds of millions of FM receivers in the UK seemed lost on them.

Why is this idea important?

As part of the digital Britain report, it was proposed that national FM radio be switched off to free up bandwidth for DAB broadcasts. I believe that FM radio should be retained. I also believe that if we are to switch to a digital format, there are several formats which have considerable advantages over DAB.

I suggested to the last government that FM should be retained and DAB allowed to die. Their response was that DAB had to proceed since there were already a few million DAB sets in the UK. The fact that there are hundreds of millions of FM receivers in the UK seemed lost on them.

Privatise the BBC

We do not have or want newspapers run by the government or funded by taxation (the licence fee).  There is no reason why other media, radio and television, should be any different.  The BBC should be privatised, for example by giving all current licence fee payers shares in the company.  

Why is this idea important?

We do not have or want newspapers run by the government or funded by taxation (the licence fee).  There is no reason why other media, radio and television, should be any different.  The BBC should be privatised, for example by giving all current licence fee payers shares in the company.  

Abolish the TV Licence

It's nice not having adverts on BBC channels, but couldn't they find another way to fund the BBC?

The BBC is an organisation set up purely to 'inform, educate and entertain'.  Which is a good thing, but isn't that what all TV channels do? The BBC could stick to their motto still by focussing on the internet instead, which would be cheaper.

All TV owners in the country have to pay for the BBC, yet everyone else in the world can watch it's content for free online!

Why is this idea important?

It's nice not having adverts on BBC channels, but couldn't they find another way to fund the BBC?

The BBC is an organisation set up purely to 'inform, educate and entertain'.  Which is a good thing, but isn't that what all TV channels do? The BBC could stick to their motto still by focussing on the internet instead, which would be cheaper.

All TV owners in the country have to pay for the BBC, yet everyone else in the world can watch it's content for free online!

Abolish the TV Liscence

It is nice not having adverts on BBC channels, but couldn't they find a different way to make money and stop charging every TV owner for the TV liscence?

We pay for the BBC, yet everybody else in the world can watch it's content for free on the internet!

Why is this idea important?

It is nice not having adverts on BBC channels, but couldn't they find a different way to make money and stop charging every TV owner for the TV liscence?

We pay for the BBC, yet everybody else in the world can watch it's content for free on the internet!

Change television licence sentencing guidelines

I am a magistrate and would like to suggest a change to the process of handling television license fees. This should be changed to an offence with a sentence of a  fixed penalty notice . Those found without a television license should be issued with a fixed penalty notice and if this is unpaid enforcement proceeding used to recover the cost. Should the person challenge the fixed penalty notice they could appeal to magistrates as is the case for all fixed penalty notices.

Also, the law should be changed to include cable and satellite companies having to establish the legal status of the person applying for, or renewing, their subscription in regard to them having a valid television license. It appears that a majority of those appearing in the magistrates courts for non payment of television license are satellite / cable subscribers. I believe a similar process is used within the dvla for non payment of vehicle tax.

Why is this idea important?

I am a magistrate and would like to suggest a change to the process of handling television license fees. This should be changed to an offence with a sentence of a  fixed penalty notice . Those found without a television license should be issued with a fixed penalty notice and if this is unpaid enforcement proceeding used to recover the cost. Should the person challenge the fixed penalty notice they could appeal to magistrates as is the case for all fixed penalty notices.

Also, the law should be changed to include cable and satellite companies having to establish the legal status of the person applying for, or renewing, their subscription in regard to them having a valid television license. It appears that a majority of those appearing in the magistrates courts for non payment of television license are satellite / cable subscribers. I believe a similar process is used within the dvla for non payment of vehicle tax.

equality

is`nt  about time that all royals pay the same taxes as it`s  UK citizens ?even in death ?

stop the law society members strangling our court system and judges without readdress

also looking  in to there fees e..g  make a will ,then you pay again , again after carrying it out .sending  out letter of action then no action without readdress .

reclaim the civil courts to it`s citizens  .stop the main party`s dictating our political system with selected mps and make the system fair for independents so laws can have  scrutiny not  by infringes  of party will . removal of percentages ,remove the upper house,to fair independent manor .

stop taking the most with one hand then say your giving with the other which has a affect on all markets you earn then you take you pay you claim expenses to do you job selected by you party .

end tv licensing and make it  a even market place .

Why is this idea important?

is`nt  about time that all royals pay the same taxes as it`s  UK citizens ?even in death ?

stop the law society members strangling our court system and judges without readdress

also looking  in to there fees e..g  make a will ,then you pay again , again after carrying it out .sending  out letter of action then no action without readdress .

reclaim the civil courts to it`s citizens  .stop the main party`s dictating our political system with selected mps and make the system fair for independents so laws can have  scrutiny not  by infringes  of party will . removal of percentages ,remove the upper house,to fair independent manor .

stop taking the most with one hand then say your giving with the other which has a affect on all markets you earn then you take you pay you claim expenses to do you job selected by you party .

end tv licensing and make it  a even market place .

Abolish the TV / BBC License FEE

Abolish the TV / BBC Licence Fee, massively reduce the citizen subsidy / funding of the BBC to cover independent news broadcasting only and offer the management and staff of the BBC the opportunity to make an employee buy in or sell the remaining parts to the highest bidder.

The facade of the licence fee does nothing to hide the fact that it is citizens who pay for the BBC – I believe there are over 30 million licenses issued and probably 3 million unlicensed but should be licensed sets.

The citizen subsidy for news could be given to the BBC either through a special rate of VAT imposed on TVs and broadcasting devices, collected at the point of sale, or througha general in VAT or the additional tax revenue obtained for putting most of the BBC into the private sector.

Why is this idea important?

Abolish the TV / BBC Licence Fee, massively reduce the citizen subsidy / funding of the BBC to cover independent news broadcasting only and offer the management and staff of the BBC the opportunity to make an employee buy in or sell the remaining parts to the highest bidder.

The facade of the licence fee does nothing to hide the fact that it is citizens who pay for the BBC – I believe there are over 30 million licenses issued and probably 3 million unlicensed but should be licensed sets.

The citizen subsidy for news could be given to the BBC either through a special rate of VAT imposed on TVs and broadcasting devices, collected at the point of sale, or througha general in VAT or the additional tax revenue obtained for putting most of the BBC into the private sector.

BBC DVDs & CDs – Why must we Pay Twice?

Since we have already paid for the TV and Radio programmes that the BBC produce via our Licence fee, why are BBC DVDs and CDs, purchaase prices so high and in a lot of cases charged at a premium?

 

I propose that all BBC TV Licence payers should be able to enter in their Licence number (or some form of validation around a licence number) and be able to purchase BBC Audio and Video products at cost (or near cost). Again since we have already paid for these in our license fees.

 

Terence Tyler, 6th Aug 10, Stevenage

Why is this idea important?

Since we have already paid for the TV and Radio programmes that the BBC produce via our Licence fee, why are BBC DVDs and CDs, purchaase prices so high and in a lot of cases charged at a premium?

 

I propose that all BBC TV Licence payers should be able to enter in their Licence number (or some form of validation around a licence number) and be able to purchase BBC Audio and Video products at cost (or near cost). Again since we have already paid for these in our license fees.

 

Terence Tyler, 6th Aug 10, Stevenage

Change to the TV License Fee

As somebody has suggested a change to the TV license would be a good idea. The license fee only really pays for BBC coverage (Radio & TV). This doesn't cover other terrestrial channels.

if you watch and subscribe to SKY and other pay per view channels you are expected to pay again. Could this not be reviewed, so that you ONLY pay for what you watch and now in the 21st century not what you can recieve has the BBC suggest.

I currently pay over £145 for BBC, then another £80 for SKY and that doesn't include other channels such as ESPN.

Isn't it time the cost was reviewed?

Why is this idea important?

As somebody has suggested a change to the TV license would be a good idea. The license fee only really pays for BBC coverage (Radio & TV). This doesn't cover other terrestrial channels.

if you watch and subscribe to SKY and other pay per view channels you are expected to pay again. Could this not be reviewed, so that you ONLY pay for what you watch and now in the 21st century not what you can recieve has the BBC suggest.

I currently pay over £145 for BBC, then another £80 for SKY and that doesn't include other channels such as ESPN.

Isn't it time the cost was reviewed?

Denationalise the BBC; abolish the TV licence.

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 is this idea important?

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.

Let the BBC be the best it can be, for the public who pay for it

 

In the name of commercial fairness the BBC is held back from offering the services it wants too.  These additional services (such as offering more HD content, or creating iPhone Apps) would cost little to implement but would offer a good service for the public.  Various regulatory bodies however, often hold the BBC back.  This is apparently because the new services offered by the BBC would harm its commercial rivals.  In reality however, this probably wouldn’t hold true.  Firstly there are few people who would watch a BBC program at the expense of an ITV one, just because it happened to be available on HD or remained on the iPlayer for a few more days.  It would merely improve the viewing experience for the public. 

If there is a mandatory license fee, the BBC should be obligated to offer the best possible service it can to the public.  If that drives up the competition, so much the better.  The commercial competition should not mind the BBC forging ahead with improved broadcasting technologies – taking the risk from first implementation away from them.

Why is this idea important?

 

In the name of commercial fairness the BBC is held back from offering the services it wants too.  These additional services (such as offering more HD content, or creating iPhone Apps) would cost little to implement but would offer a good service for the public.  Various regulatory bodies however, often hold the BBC back.  This is apparently because the new services offered by the BBC would harm its commercial rivals.  In reality however, this probably wouldn’t hold true.  Firstly there are few people who would watch a BBC program at the expense of an ITV one, just because it happened to be available on HD or remained on the iPlayer for a few more days.  It would merely improve the viewing experience for the public. 

If there is a mandatory license fee, the BBC should be obligated to offer the best possible service it can to the public.  If that drives up the competition, so much the better.  The commercial competition should not mind the BBC forging ahead with improved broadcasting technologies – taking the risk from first implementation away from them.

Let the BBC be the best it can be, for the public who pay for it

 

In the name of commercial fairness the BBC is held back from offering the services it wants too.  These additional services (such as offering more HD content, or creating iPhone Apps) would cost little to implement but would offer a good service for the public.  Various regulatory bodies however, often hold the BBC back.  This is apparently because the new services offered by the BBC would harm its commercial rivals.  In reality however, this probably wouldn’t hold true.  For example, there are few people who would watch a BBC program at the expense of an ITV one, just because it happened to be available on HD or remained on the iPlayer for a few more days.  It would merely improve the viewing experience for the public. 

If there is a mandatory license fee, the BBC should be obligated to offer the best possible service it can to the public.  If that drives up the competition, so much the better.  The commercial competition should not mind the BBC forging ahead with improved broadcasting technologies – taking the risk from first implementation away from them.

Why is this idea important?

 

In the name of commercial fairness the BBC is held back from offering the services it wants too.  These additional services (such as offering more HD content, or creating iPhone Apps) would cost little to implement but would offer a good service for the public.  Various regulatory bodies however, often hold the BBC back.  This is apparently because the new services offered by the BBC would harm its commercial rivals.  In reality however, this probably wouldn’t hold true.  For example, there are few people who would watch a BBC program at the expense of an ITV one, just because it happened to be available on HD or remained on the iPlayer for a few more days.  It would merely improve the viewing experience for the public. 

If there is a mandatory license fee, the BBC should be obligated to offer the best possible service it can to the public.  If that drives up the competition, so much the better.  The commercial competition should not mind the BBC forging ahead with improved broadcasting technologies – taking the risk from first implementation away from them.

Allow Anyone To Set Up A Local TV Station

Allow any one to set up a local TV station.  Impose a low power limit and prevent operators having licences for more than one area, but just make it easier.  Don't force people to categorise their channels. Remove massive bureacratic and operational hurdles – it's all but impossible to operate a TV channel without a legal department. Remove scope for malicious complaints.

OK, impose a few conditions. Convicted criminals, sex shop onwers and people "convicted" of trading offences in civil courts should be required to undergo full "Appropriate Person" checks, and debtors, but let ordinary people set up channels.

Let people sub-lease capacity at different times of day without assuming liability for content.

Make it even easier by making Ofcom provide "TV station in a box" model kits, eg docs, retention of recordings, etc.

And keep local council out of it, there is enough bland well meaning rubbish out there.

Why is this idea important?

Allow any one to set up a local TV station.  Impose a low power limit and prevent operators having licences for more than one area, but just make it easier.  Don't force people to categorise their channels. Remove massive bureacratic and operational hurdles – it's all but impossible to operate a TV channel without a legal department. Remove scope for malicious complaints.

OK, impose a few conditions. Convicted criminals, sex shop onwers and people "convicted" of trading offences in civil courts should be required to undergo full "Appropriate Person" checks, and debtors, but let ordinary people set up channels.

Let people sub-lease capacity at different times of day without assuming liability for content.

Make it even easier by making Ofcom provide "TV station in a box" model kits, eg docs, retention of recordings, etc.

And keep local council out of it, there is enough bland well meaning rubbish out there.

Scrap the compulsory BBC tax (licence fee)

At a time when essential public services are being taxed, there can surely be no justification for continuation of compulsory public funding for an organisation that has equivalents, that would be more than adequate if the BBC was to be scrapped in its present form. If people had the choice whether to  use the BBC or not, I'm sure that many of us wouldn't think that the BBC represented value for money as individual consumers. If people want to use the BBC, how about a "pay as you go" system?

Why is this idea important?

At a time when essential public services are being taxed, there can surely be no justification for continuation of compulsory public funding for an organisation that has equivalents, that would be more than adequate if the BBC was to be scrapped in its present form. If people had the choice whether to  use the BBC or not, I'm sure that many of us wouldn't think that the BBC represented value for money as individual consumers. If people want to use the BBC, how about a "pay as you go" system?

Let tv licence payers elect the BBC heirachy.

At the moment WE pay the fee and THEY(the government) choose the governors and other people they would like to run it.

It would be a simple matter to make the licencepayers preferences known when the reminders are sent out.

Why is this idea important?

At the moment WE pay the fee and THEY(the government) choose the governors and other people they would like to run it.

It would be a simple matter to make the licencepayers preferences known when the reminders are sent out.

End the requirement for religious broadcasting on the BBC

I would like to end the legal requirement for a percentage of the the BBC's broadcasting time to be spent on religious affairs.  The majority of people do not attend church or other religious establishments and we should not be continuously subjected to news and debate on whether there should be women bishops in the church of England etc.  If the BBC feels that there is a big enough audience for religion they should dedicate a radio station or a TV channel to that subject.  Too much news broadcast time is taken up by church affairs and we should instead be hearing about international news which is much more important.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to end the legal requirement for a percentage of the the BBC's broadcasting time to be spent on religious affairs.  The majority of people do not attend church or other religious establishments and we should not be continuously subjected to news and debate on whether there should be women bishops in the church of England etc.  If the BBC feels that there is a big enough audience for religion they should dedicate a radio station or a TV channel to that subject.  Too much news broadcast time is taken up by church affairs and we should instead be hearing about international news which is much more important.

Let people choose whether to subscribe to the BBC or not

Why should it be a criminal offence to own a TV but to choose not subsribe to the BBC?   Large sections of the BBC's output (particularly entertainment & sport) could just as easily be provided by Sky or another commercial provider.  No-body forces us to subscribe to Sky, so why are we compelled to subscribe to the BBC?    If the argument is that the BBC's is there to  "inform, educate and entertain," that may have been legitimate in an age before mass electronic communication, widespread internet access and decent levels of competition from the commercial sector, but surely the world is now completely different from Lord Reith's day?  Shouldn't the BBC bring itself up to date?    If the argument is that the BBC stands up for the public's right to be properly and indepedently informed about the activities of the politicians, business leaders and so on, that might be fair in a limited way but does that justify forcing people to subscribe to the BBC's entertainment and sports divisions at the same time?  Perhaps the licence fee could be dramatically reduced (eg to 20% of current levels, if that would pay for the News division), while the Entertainement and Sports divisions could be floated off into private companies (helping reduce the public deficit?).  We would then be free to choose whether or not to subscribe to these new private services.

Why is this idea important?

Why should it be a criminal offence to own a TV but to choose not subsribe to the BBC?   Large sections of the BBC's output (particularly entertainment & sport) could just as easily be provided by Sky or another commercial provider.  No-body forces us to subscribe to Sky, so why are we compelled to subscribe to the BBC?    If the argument is that the BBC's is there to  "inform, educate and entertain," that may have been legitimate in an age before mass electronic communication, widespread internet access and decent levels of competition from the commercial sector, but surely the world is now completely different from Lord Reith's day?  Shouldn't the BBC bring itself up to date?    If the argument is that the BBC stands up for the public's right to be properly and indepedently informed about the activities of the politicians, business leaders and so on, that might be fair in a limited way but does that justify forcing people to subscribe to the BBC's entertainment and sports divisions at the same time?  Perhaps the licence fee could be dramatically reduced (eg to 20% of current levels, if that would pay for the News division), while the Entertainement and Sports divisions could be floated off into private companies (helping reduce the public deficit?).  We would then be free to choose whether or not to subscribe to these new private services.

TV LICENSING, BRING IT IN TO THE 21st CENTURY

why do we still have TV licence detection vans?

Very silly 70's idea, off little men knocking on doors checking if you are glued to the goggle box, come on, best just assume each household has one, it would then be up to the proprietor to prove otherwise ( I have just saved probably £30 off a licence)?

Also why are TV Licensing allowed to charge £5 per year if you give them the easy regular payment option of DIRECT DEBIT, we are making their payments easier, even COUNCIL TAX dont charge you and thats at least 10 times dearer, has no one else noticed?

RIP OFF BRITAIN AGAIN!!

Why is this idea important?

why do we still have TV licence detection vans?

Very silly 70's idea, off little men knocking on doors checking if you are glued to the goggle box, come on, best just assume each household has one, it would then be up to the proprietor to prove otherwise ( I have just saved probably £30 off a licence)?

Also why are TV Licensing allowed to charge £5 per year if you give them the easy regular payment option of DIRECT DEBIT, we are making their payments easier, even COUNCIL TAX dont charge you and thats at least 10 times dearer, has no one else noticed?

RIP OFF BRITAIN AGAIN!!

Keep analogue television

Maintain analogue television signals.  By all means let those who want digital television buy their new sets, but leave the rest of us who are happy with our 4 (or 5) channels alone!

Why is this idea important?

Maintain analogue television signals.  By all means let those who want digital television buy their new sets, but leave the rest of us who are happy with our 4 (or 5) channels alone!