Tag Archive for BBC

Is Auntie Really On Her Death Bed?

There are few institutions in British society so loved as the BBC. It is surprising then, that culture secretary John Whittingdale has had the audacity to present to parliament a green paper outlining potential changes in the future scale and scope of the BBC. The organisation is undoubtedly the relic of a bygone era, especially…

On the BBCisation of the world

In the Telegraph Douglas Carswell neatly skewers the bias and short sightedness of the BBC  The BBC love of unconditional welfare, migration and the EU is all consuming and blind. Once he’s done eviscerating their record, he stops to wonder: If we had state regulation of the press, the BBC would be free to carry…

Christmas or poultry?

Over on Samizdata a discussion about turkeys failing comprehensively to vote for Christmas. The turkey here being the BBC, and Christmas meaning austerity with regards to welfare payments. Nothing new here, but I liked this comment by Pat: why doesn’t the government propose that the license fee be diverted to benefits for the poor- the…

Taking Hayek in vain

Friedrich Hayek portrait

Well, my hopes weren’t high. I made it to the 16th minute of the BBC’s documentary on Friedrich Hayek, before having to switch it off. I challenge anyone to do better than that. What we are dealing with is a documentary formula, into which Hayek’s life and work has been stuffed. The particular formula is…

The Licence Fee Just Ain’t Enough For The Beeb…

Well it would seem the Beeb are not content with using the full force of the State to rob us in return for some pretty mediocre content. And a second rate F1 service. Now they want to sell us the content we’ve already been forced to pay for… BBC director general Mark Thompson has confirmed…

Leave the BBC to the left

Tom Waters over at Conservative Home has an interesting peice on the BBC, plugging the Freedom Association event tomorrow. It is nowhere near being properly abolitionist but is worth a quick read. This comment, from “Y Rhyfelwr Dewr”, is of greater interest strategically: Personally, I’d say cut down the BBC hugely — probably down to…