Think Tank Says BBC Licence Fee Should Be Scrapped

Time to do away with the licence fee

“The idea of a tax on the ownership of a television belongs in the 1950s. Why not tax people for owning a washing machine to fund the manufacture of Persil?”,

Jeremy Paxman

James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture, Aug 24th, 2007.

So says one of the BBC’s leading political commentators. The profligate waste, huge salaries paid to executives and the ridiculous sums of money paid to non talents like Jonathan Ross and Russel Brand beggar belief. So it’s not surprising that in these time of cuts the BBC and the televison tax licence fee are under scrutiny again.

A report from the Adam Smith Institute says the television tax is “obsolete and unfair”, much the same as Paxman then.

The television licence fee is “obsolete and unfair” and should be replaced with a voluntary subscription service for certain programming, a report says.

The growing use of the internet for viewing has made licensing TV sets outdated, according to right-wing think tank the Adam Smith Institute.

The BBC’s current TV services could still exist with more flexible methods of funding, its report adds.

The report singles out the success of Sky with its subscription model, adding that the BBC could have “the global presence of a Hollywood studio but with a wider range of output”.

It recommends the BBC begins to look at how it could raise funds through subscription in 2012, and that licence fee payers be given the option to stop paying their fees two years after that.

“It really is going to be very difficult for the BBC to resist the justifiable hostility of other competitors who just now, receiving no subsidy, have to bear the whole brunt of the… competitive market, cycles that go up and down,” Mr Graham told BBC 5 live.

The time to stop the television tax is now, immediately.

The BBC is run for the benefit of the BBC and no one else. Certainly not the poor mugs like us that are taxed for owning a television set so that the BBC can continue to produce a stream of left-wing propaganda and politically correct warming alarmist propaganda, because programming it surely isnt.

Impartiality and fair-mindedness bolted years ago from the BBC, just look at the anti Israeli bias to the BBC’s reporting, or the scandal of the BBC pushing the Climate Change Lie for no other reason than the BBC pension fund has invested heavily in the so-called Green Industries; more fool them.

The question remains how much longer are we going to be forced to pay for the BBC without the choice to opt out.

About Tory Aardvark

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Posted on August 3, 2010, in BBC and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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