Peter Reynolds

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A BBC Preservation Order

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TAKE NOTICE

This noble institution should be preserved.

It is not perfect but it is better than any alternative.

It contributes enormously to the culture of the nation.

It is our BBC

This notice should be nailed to the door of Broadcasting House and all BBC premises.  Damaging or cutting off parts or branches of the institution is not allowed.  Adequate space must be given to the institution’s roots which must not be interfered with.  Severe penalties will be applied to anyone who knowingly or recklessly damages the institution in any way.

Then David Cameron, Nick Clegg and a heavyweight team need to take Mark Thompson aside and give him a good talking to.   We want to preserve the BBC and its unique qualities but we need a hard pruning of dead wood and unproductive growth.  Preserving the roots and fundamental strength are the most important objectives.   Cutbacks in the right places will stimulate stronger new growth elsewhere.

I agree that Sky should contribute towards those commercial channels that it broadcasts free-to-air.  It ties viewers into its subscription packages because they are comprehensive.  This is gives it an unfair advantage throughout the market, as does its coverage and bandwidth.

Sky is a parasite on traditional TV companies.  Its unfair advantages have enabled it to develop the best user interface and experience in the market.  Even so, it is expensive and has a reputation for appalling customer service.  Its relationship with Newscorp means it is part of a monstrous media empire which requires much more regulation in the interests of consumers and the community at large.  It should be required to invest more in original programming and production.  If necessary, a new media tax should be introduced to enforce appropriate investment and safeguards.

The BBC’s biggest mistake is the level of executive pay.  There is no justification at all for anyone in the BBC to earn more than the Prime Minister.  It is public money.  Anyone unhappy with this should resign today.  No one is indispensable.  The BBC has always been the best in its business at bringing on new talent.

The Licence Fee should remain unchanged.   It is fantastic value for money and shows just how expensive Sky is.   The BBC Trust should be strengthened in its primary role as regulator and it should enforce cost savings, efficiencies and executive pay.  It should also ensure that the BBC becomes more responsive and closer to its audience.  Its complaints and feedback system is fundamental to this.  It needs to be brought back in house and given real priority.  See here.

Britain adores its BBC.  Let’s ensure we preserve it and allow it to flourish.

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  1. This is a reasonable sound argument, and like you I don’t think the BBC is perfect. I think the coalition’s attacks upon the BBC are politically motivated and that is my problem with what they are doing.

    andyholland07

    August 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    • Thanks for your comment Andy

      Peter Reynolds

      August 30, 2010 at 8:07 pm

  2. aw…good chanel

    deszmondLost

    September 1, 2010 at 10:08 am

  3. For me, the fcat that every single governemnt since Noah was a wee lad has complained that the BBC is biased against it, shows that they are doing just what the public expect of them.

    I don’t begrudge paying my licence fee if it goes towards providing the excellent service that I receive (TV, radio and the excellent BBC news website, but I bitch and moan mightily at having to pay a monthly fee to the slimy Murdoch for the privilege of letting sky into the house.

    Excellent piece, Peter.

    NobblySan

    September 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm


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