Saturday, 9 November 2019
The BBC - still sitting on its hands
The Express treats us to yet another piece on the increasing irrelevance of the BBC. Familiar stuff yet strangely fascinating - rather like watching the EU pootle along hoping for the best.
BBC in crisis: Broadcaster's future at risk over failure to adapt - ‘I won’t pay’
THE BBC may face a further funding blow next year if pensioners refuse to start paying to watch the national broadcaster, placing the future of the broadcaster at risk...
Mark Thompson, a former BBC director-general who is now chief executive at the New York Times, revealed in a speech last month that the average viewer of BBC One alone is now 61.
Tony Hall, the BBC’s director-general since 2013, is not too concerned about the changes.
He said in September: “I believe this is a huge opportunity for people like us.
“In this market, services that are distinctive and different will stand out.”
That last sentence sounds like the kiss of death to me. The BBC already provides a service that is distinctive and different because people can be dragged off to court and even jailed if they don't pay for its compulsory user licence. The trouble is, people notice.
Sit on your hands, apply political pressure whenever possible and hope for the best. It's the bureaucratic way.