Ditto TVNZ and Radio New Zealand, and all other dumbed-down tax-funded playgrounds and playthings for quackers, cretins and compulsionists anywhere in the world!
Can we use this tragi-comedy to get rid of the BBC please? Or, if not, at least to force the Corporation to raise its own income instead of picking our pockets every year for the utterly unjustified tax euphemistically described as the licence fee. And please spare us more propaganda about the licence as the BBC’s guarantee of freedom from having to compete in the dumbed down, dirty world of commercial programming.
Have you looked at Auntie’s schedules recently? Makeover shows, freak shows, cookery shows, Strictly Come Rubbish, the lottery, the oleaginous simpering of witless professional narcissists such as Stephen Fry. And have you seen what these fellows cost?
Ah, but don’t forget “the highest standards of investigative journalism from the finest public service broadcaster in the world,” as I heard from one parroting BBC apparatchik yesterday morning. Lord McAlpine and the victims of Jimmy Savile have suffered enough of this stuff to last them a lifetime. Then there’s that other vaunted guarantee: that of true editorial independence and freedom from bias.
What a joke! The BBC has a social and political agenda immoveable as the laws of the Persians and Medes. Look no further than the recent US election when its journalists and presenters cheered relentlessly for Obama. Or the arrogance with which the Corporation doesn’t even bother to deny – because realistically it can’t – its tireless promotion of the superstitious fad of global warming. The BBC was accused of bias against Israel which it denied, setting up its own internal enquiry into the matter. When the result of the enquiry became available, the BBC refused to publish it and even went to the lengths of incurring hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal costs to have the proof of its anti-Israel policy hushed up. ...