BBC stands for "British Broadcasting Service". The BBC can trace its origins all the way back to 1920, but only 1927 in its current incarnation as a public service corporation (previously, it was known as the British Broadcasting Company). The BBC, variously known as "the Beeb", "Auntie", or "Auntie Beeb", is the world's oldest broadcaster. It has its headquarters at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London.
TV Licence Fee
In the UK, every household and premises requires a TV licence if it contains at least one device on which the building's occupants watch or record live TV programmes on any channel (yes, any channel) or download/watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer, regardless whether or not live. The devices which require a TV licence are: TVs, desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, digital boxes or DVD/VHS recorders.
Defund the BBC
The BBC's current business model is based on (some would argue) fleecing the taxpayer through the coercive assistance of pliant governments. The sheer impudence of forcing people to pay for what they don't want, or arguably need (as in the Beeb's leftist diversity drives and support for what many would see as appalling sexual depravities) is – in the opinion of many – breathtaking. With money flowing freely into its coffers from a hapless, captive population, the corporation is free to spend money with wild abandon on "bias watch" and "diversity quotas". To top it all, the government has yet to hold the institution to account for its barefaced anti-Brexit bias.
Now, the fact is, nobody minds if the BBC is the most leftist, most "woke" media outlet on the face of the planet, but a large swathe of the population does mind if they have to fund it. Just as any sensible person wouldn't willingly pay taxes to a foreign government of a nation in which they neither live, trade, do business in, nor benefit from, similarly these people don't care to fund the BBC and its support for philosophies and lifestyle choices with which they strongly disagree, which is why there is growing campaign called, "Defund the BBC".
The TNT Talk Show
My colleague, Tony Fasulo, butt heads yet again. Tony thinks the BBC is a hallowed institution, like the NHS (and I agree the NHS is a hallowed institution). He thinks we've all got to "chip in" so that this hallowed institution can continue to offer great content, not just to us here in the UK, but indeed to the entire world. I beg to differ.
First of all, I can't stand the woke, leftist, liberal, illogical nonsense the BBC is so well known for nowadays (I'm looking at you, devastated Dr. Who). Whether it's on Brexit, identity politics, or even just comedy and humour, to paraphrase Brie Larson, "The BBC isn't made for me," so why on Earth do I have to pay for it? Instead of extorting their lavish lifestyle from my conservative pocket, how about they offer themselves as a subscription service, then their woke audience can pay for their drivel without troubling me?
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