Quote Hugh Robjohns:
And as far as 'you paying for it' you really don't. You contribute to it. The BBC generates a lot of additional income from co-productions with other world broadcasters, and from selling its programmes and related merchandising (like the magazines etc) through BBC Enterprises.
Indeed, that was the point I was getting at somewhere in the middle of it all. They already make money through those other avenues so why should I "contribute" if I have no interest in the service offered?
I suppose the elephant in the room here is why don't we just start letting advertising onto the BBC and axe the licence fee. The arguement against is that that advertising would cause them to have to focus on entertainment for the masses rather than quality programing meeting more specialist remits... except they already do that.
Discovery makes documentarys without public funding.
HBO makes quality drama without public funding.
Every other channel makes soaps and reality tosh without public funding.
The's a million rolling news channels out there doing alright currently.
As for industry training we could factor that back into education and set up proper schemes to deal with it. As you say it's not of BBC's direct making and whilst I respect the way they handle it all they seem to do these days is train them up and lay them off to go and work on the indies everytime the's a cull, meaning as a BBC tax payer I'm not really seeing the value for money.
I'm playing devils advocate to a degree as I do respect the skills and ability of those working at the BBC and it is indeed a fine training ground, but I don't personally find the value in the services offered or feel that they offer anything different anymore from what is provided by the commerical sector.
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