A trans woman I once knew who lent politically to the left literally started frothing at the mouth when I told her I preferred Fox News to BBC News because I’m not forced to pay for the conservative shite Fox News propagates whereas I’m forced to pay for BBC News with all it’s Tory bias. Hey BBC News can be as biased as it wants towards the fucking Tories, it can employ out & out Tories like Andrew Neil to verbally beat up Labour politicians all it wants, it can have Laura Kuenssberg disappear up the arse of Boris Johnson all it wants, just please stop forcing me to pay for a TV licence to fund the Tory propaganda which the BBC spews.
Tony Hall let it be known yesterday that he’ll be stepping down as Director General of the BBC amidst what appears to be a crisis about the future of the BBC & fuck me wonders never cease because I find myself in agreement with Boris Johnson who’s supposedly uttered that in the TV Licence is unsustainable in the multimedia & multiplatform age we now live. Seems to me in the age of satellite & cable television, in the age of online streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu & Amazon Prime, all of which you choose to subscribe to or not, the question is why the fuck can’t the frigging BBC become a voluntary subscription service?
The BBC these days only seems to appeal these days to those over the age of 40 who are affluently middle class & in my experience it’s always the older generation who tend to be the most vehement defenders of not only the BBC but forcing every fucker to pay for the TV Licence fearing if the TV Licence were scrapped then that somehow would be the death of the BBC, hey old fogie fuckwits no one is talking of killing off the BBC you’ll still be able to listen to the Archers & fall asleep watching Last Of The Summer Wine, but what’s being proposed is making the BBC a voluntary subscription service in line with other media broadcasting services in the modern digital online age.
I’ll give it to the last night’s edition of BBC Newsnight for acknowledging the BBC only now appeal to the middle aged & older affluent middle classes whilst the under 35s would rather watch YouTube, but isn’t it a bit self-obsessive of Newsnight a BBC program to be dedicating nearly an entire edition of a BBC program to debating the future of the BBC, well that’s a question to explore another time because what’s more important at this time is David Dimbleby’s inane whining about social-media on last night’s edition of Newsnight whilst debating the future of the BBC. Legacy media such as the BBC have never been big fans of social-media platforms such as YouTube so no fucking surprise you’d have a BBC stalwart such as David Dimbleby whining about the ‘threat’ of social-media to the BBC, though the weird thing is I’ve never heard any Netflix executive whine about social-media platforms being a ‘threat’ to the streaming service.
Hey I’m not denying that social-media platforms such as YouTube haven’t helped to amplify some pretty heinous far-right bullshit which I despise but its not like there’s anything stopping any political lefty activist starting their own YouTube channel to counter such far-right bullshit & maybe more leftwing activists should do so! I realise some people would prefer there was a filter of acceptability & decency applied to what media they consume & I appreciate reasoning as to why they want that, but this brings us back to the root issue when it comes to the filter being applied to the output of BBC News isn’t just upholding acceptability but ensuring there’s Tory bias.
I know some people might say isn’t Thatcherites who have a hard on for axing the TV Licence & privatising the BBC & aren’t I meant to be a redder then red socialist & thus shouldn’t I support the airwaves being in common ownership etc, hey I’m not proposing the BBC is privatised & if the BBC were operated by being a voluntary subscription service then why can’t those who were subscribers not be owners or stake holders etc.
I might be a redder then red socialist but I think you’ll find it’s not just the Thatcherite hard-right or the far-right who want rid of the TV Licence, just ask anybody who’s solidarity leftwing what they think these days of Laura Kuenssberg & the BBC & having to pay the TV Licence. Personally I’ve always been nervous of the government ever regulating the news media as the news media is supposedly meant to be the fourth estate & well the BBC depends on a parliamentary charter to broadcast which if you ask me is the fucking problem not the solution, plus you have to understand my weariness about the government regulating the news media stems from growing up in a country which at that time had heavy press censorship as a means of propping up a repugnantly racist regime.