Bloated on the Telly Tax the BBC Blew their Biggest Opportunity for Independence and Growth

The BBC had iPlayer technology that, thanks to the rivers of cash extorted from the British public, was years ahead of the competition. They cracked how to do mass distribution over the internet before Netflix did. They blew the chance to be the world’s biggest media corporation because Auntie would rather cling to the licence fees than stand on her own two feet and reap the rewards of independence. The chart above shows the scale of that strategic error.

It is not too late, if Auntie is too afraid of earning her crust in the world, the government should give her a push out the door. Disney has only started streaming globally this summer, Apple’s live streaming offer is an infant, Amazon’s streaming offer started in 2016. The chance is still there. BBC proselytisers are always telling us what a quality offer it is, so prove it in the marketplace. There is nothing stopping the BBC launching a proper rival to Netflix. All started without the massive back-catalogue the BBC owns…

The British entertainment media marketplace is constrained by population size as Briton’s are 1% of the world’s population. The English language and consequent cultural opportunities are global. Rather than being negative and threatening to jail grannies who don’t want to pay for BBC Radio 1, executives should be optimistic that their offer could win a greater global market share. It is not too late to go for global growth unconstrained by the licence fee. If the BBC doesn’t want to seize the opportunity the government should force it with a permanent licence fee freeze, let it deflate away…

See also: BBC Should Make Billions Worldwide from iPlayer, Not Over-75s 

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BBC Pushing Ahead with Extorting Licence Fee from Over 75s

The BBC has today announced that despite coronavirus, the corporation will push ahead with taxing those aged over 75 for owning an unlicenced TV. The measure had been delayed by two months due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Now more than three million households will be asked to start paying the £157.50 fee from 1 August, giving the BBC a cash injection of £471,000,000. No wonder they can afford that £100,000,000 to be spent on diversity…

The Taxpayers’ Alliance is incensed by the news, saying “Rather than forcing pensioners to pay the hated telly tax, the BBC should acknowledge the current funding model isn’t fit for purpose and step into the twenty-first century by abolishing the licence fee altogether.” Quite.

We asked the BBC press office at midday:

“After  August 1, 2020 is it the BBC’s intention to prosecute over-75s who refuse to pay for a licence fee?”

No answer has been forthcoming.

Guido hasn’t paid the BBC licence fee for years. Nothing ever happens – even when Guido confessed to his crime on BBC Radio 4’s “The Moral Maze”. The response to the BBC’s extortion from our senior citizens should be a campaign of mass civil disobedience. Granny should ignore their begging letters and see if they will dare to send her to jail…

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Justin Webb’s Anti-Express Dig

On this morning’s Today Programme, BBC presenter Justin Webb made a sly jab at The Express for leading on the Government’s rescue package for cultural institutions.

“The Daily Express too… Oh… Quite unexpected that it’s its lead story but there it is…”

“Quite unexpected” he claims, despite the paper having run its significant #RaiseTheCurtain campaign on this exact issue since June; writing last month:

“BRITAIN’S world leading network of theatres could completely collapse due to the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic unless the nation rallies to offer it essential support. In response to this unprecedented crisis, the Daily Express is today launching a campaign encouraging the public and government to Raise The Curtain by keeping this vital industry alive.”

Classic BBC sneering…



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Defund the BBC

The viral “Defund the BBC” movement has had an official launch after morphing into a full-blown campaign operation.

Guido readers may have seen the account and hashtag on Twitter and can now support the new pressure group via a Go Fund Me Page here

They have brought in campaign experience from the group behind Stand Up For Brexit and will be working with MPs and other big names like Darren Grimes, just as he wins a retraction from the BBC after they were caught lying about him.

Defund The BBC is turning the momentum they found online into a targeted campaign, saying they aim to end the unfair criminalisation of non-payment of the TV licence fee by the end of 2020.
They have also begun work on a public information drive around the BBC’s deliberately unclear license fee rules so people can avoid paying it without fear of punishment.

The sizable drop in public confidence in the media seen during the lockdown and the anger about the corporation’s BLM reporting/campaigning seems to show there is renewed support for scrapping the compulsory TV licence and making it cover BBC content only. Defund The BBC could be one to watch…

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BBC’s Most Absurd Waste of Public Cash

With news of hundreds of job cuts at the BBC coming out, staff are understandably worried. Guido’s repeatedly pointed out job cuts could be avoided if the BBC wasn’t spending £100 million over the next three years on a diversity and inclusivity programme. Of course corporate waste doesn’t end there; one disgruntled employee gets in touch to point out one of the BBC’s most absurd wastes of money hiding in plain sight: their practice of hiring 8 different people to do the exact same job.

BBC One and Two hire four different voice-over announcers each – one for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland- to introduce upcoming programmes, all of whom read from the exact same script at the exact same time from early morning until late evening. The only difference is the accent. They could hire one person who can do accents – instead they’re targeting important local services...

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BBC Announces 450 More Job Cuts

Director of BBC England Helen Thomas has emailed employees announcing the organisation it is to cut something “in the region of 450 jobs” in order to save £25 million by the end of March 2022, on top of the 60 job cut announced by BBC Wales last week. Regional and local broadcast is to be particularly hit:

  • Staffing restructure in regional TV news and a new operating model will drive significant efficiencies.
  • Reduce the number of presenters on our 6:30pm regional TV news bulletins.
  • Local radio will permanently adopt a simplified schedule with single-headed presentation and three four-hour daytime programmes (instead of four three-hour programmes).

Thomas says she is “very aware this is tough on our staff who have been amazing these past few months. But we can’t pretend the financial challenge is going away.” Once again, the £25 million local job cuts have been announced just one week after the BBC committed £100 million to increasing diversity on TV. Priorities…

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