In response to David Keighley: BBC staff live in a lefty bubble of their own, Gimme some fightin’ room wrote:
Like many people, I have mixed feelings about Rupert Murdoch and his Sky empire. But – credit where credit is due – the man took a risk when setting up Sky TV networks which could have easily failed and meant the end to his entire business – he was always answerable to the free market – if people switched off Sky he was commercially finished – but people didn’t switch off – they liked what he offered and signed up to the Sky brand. Murdoch succeeded and rightly reaped the benefits of his success.
However, the BBC is accountable to no one – certainly not the free market – and least of all to the public who pay their salaries through an extortion racket known as the TV license fee. With the internet and multi-media age – much of what the BBC was originally set out to do can now be provided just as well – if not better – by the private sector. You also have the recent sex-scandals and then the press reports regarding six-figure salaries and perks for its chief executives – some earning higher salaries than the President of the United States.
Like the unaccountable EU that Auntie loves so much, the BBC has become a bloated and wasteful organisation that has become entrenched in its liberal/Left bias – it is as outdated as the old closed ranks of the Soviet establishment during the cold war it sometimes appears to resemble – and like the dying days of the old USSR – the BBC politburo no longer serves anyone but itself.
Time to call it a day – either radically reduce the BBC or shut it down completely – in its current form the taxpayers are not getting value for their money.