BBC: Commentator hits out at 'outdated' institution
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Radio host James Whale has savaged the BBC for not keeping up with viewers’ demands and for the rising cost of TV license fees, saying he has “no time” for the broadcaster. In a fiery rant along with TalkRADIO co-host James Ash, he branded the BBC “unnecessary” and “far too expensive.” It comes as the results of a new poll showed the majority of Britons want the license fee scrapped for a subscription or advertising service.
Mr Whale told TalkRADIO: “I have no time for the BBC.
“I find them outdated, outmoded, far too expensive and unnecessary.”
“And they laughed at the Union flag,” said Ash in agreement.
“Maybe take the Director-General out and give him a good talking to or something else,” suggested Mr Whale.
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It comes as a recent Government report added the current BBC TV licence fee model is expected to remain until 2038.
Viewers currently fork out £159 for the licence fee after originally forking out an annual £157.50.
Meanwhile, black and white licences will also be rising from £53.00 to £53.50 after the prices rose at the start of this month.
Earlier this month, pollsters Redfield and Wilton Strategies asked Britons how the BBC should be funded.
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Out of the 2,000 people who were asked, the results showed 56 percent of respondents said the BBC should be funded by advertising or subscriptions.
Meanwhile, just 27 percent of Britons said the BBC should be funded by the licence fee, while 17 percent of voters said they did not know.
The BBC’s new director-general Tim Davie has previously said he doesn’t support a subscription service for the BBC.
He warned that the BBC currently faces a “significant risk” and has “no inalienable right to exist”.
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Mr Davie said: “If current trends continue, we will not feel indispensable enough to all our audience. We must evolve to protect what we cherish.”
A recent report, which was published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, also admitted the Government will be forced to rely on the current BBC TV licence fee model until 2038.
This is due to the Government not putting in place the correct broadband infrastructure, which would have allowed other funding mechanisms to be put in place.
A Government spokeswoman added the licence fee would be reviewed before the current charter ends in 2027.
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