During the election campaign I often wondered when the BBC would be caught in the cross hairs. With an attack from the Dirty Digger’s Empire and some of the total garbage spouted by the likes of the Mail and the Express in the period before and during the campaign the only surprise is that it’s taken this long. The fact is that without a free and independent BBC TV standards in the UK will plummet like a stone. If the Beeb is forced to take advertising it will be even more bound by the viewing figures than is currently the case. Simon Cowell might well move to the BBC! Just imagine the sort of lowest common denominator bollox that he currently peddles on both channels?
I’ve heard (or maybe I dreamed it) that one of the plans in the offing was to privatise some of the more successful branches of the BBC, such like Radio 1 and/or Radio 2. Der! Put adverts on them and they become just like any commercial radio station in the UK, i.e. utter rubbish – quite how you can listen to radio with adverts is beyond my ken. It’s odd, but I can tolerate ads on television – most of the things that I watch nowadays are recorded anyway, so we tend to skip through them, but the fact remains that on TV they are tolerable, whilst on radio they totally destroy the point. So let’s not have the BBC cast to the wolves eh? Hopefully the new politics of the coalition government will extend to the Tories’ traditional view of the BBC.
Former culture secretary criticises corporation for failing to modify behaviour in the face of threat from coalition government.