BBC licence fee set to be axed

MAY 2022 Forums General discussion BBC licence fee set to be axed

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    james19
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    BBC licence fee set to be axed, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries indicates

    I know this will please AJ

    *Nadine clobbers ‘biased’ BBC with £2bn funding cut
    ■ Culture Secretary freezes the licence fee for two years as Left-wing bias row rages
    ■ She warns that public financing will soon stop – ending BBC as we know it
    *Sunday Mail front page
    https://liveapp.inews.co.uk/2022/01/16/bbc-licence-fee-set-to-be-axed-culture-secretary-nadine-dorries-indicates-as-she-imposes-freeze/content.html

    • This topic was modified 4 months, 1 week ago by james19.
    #225614
    ALB
    Keymaster

    If Boris gets the boot his Brexiteer cronies like her will go with him and maybe the new PM will abandon the policy of undermining traditional Establishment institutions like the BBC and the Courts.

    #225615
    james19
    Participant

    I have a problem with this Government undermining the Courts. But the BBC, when it comes to football, no.

    #225616
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Boris has had in for the Courts since the Suoreme Court ruled against a previous occasion when he tried to pull a fast one by suspending Parliament.

    #225617
    james19
    Participant

    Peter Bone challenges the BBC to invite him on to discuss bill to scarp the licence fee

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/bbc-tories-nadine-dorries-cuts-licence-fee-b1994107.html

    #225618
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Long-time members of this forum won’t be surprised that I won’t be shedding any tears for the BBC.

    But it is a logical progression from the intended de-regulation of Channel 4.

    #225633
    ZJW
    Participant

    Does this mean that celtomaniacs residing outside of Britain and Northern Ireland will at long last have internet access to the gaelophone BBC Alba?

    #225638
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Can’t you get it via BBC’s iPlayer which is free to join (though you are supposed to have paid the licence fee)? Or don’t they allow people from outside the UK to download it? I don’t know.

    #225647
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Other than radio and news, BBC is blocked. I cannot access iPlayer but I could download one of those programmes that disguises your location.

    Also if I watch BBC News, I get advertising

    As for the future of the BBC, I imagine it will follow the course set by Netflix and HBO and pay for content.

    #225652
    ALB
    Keymaster

    I think the answer to my question is that you are not supposed to have access to iPlayer outside the UK and that technical measures to stop this are in place but which you can probably and with difficulty get round if you are a computer whizz-kid.

    Anyway it’s all academic for the moment and it’s not planned to happen till 2028. That’s a long time, long enough for a Labour government to be elected which won’t be so open to pressure from the BBC’s commercial rivals who have been lobbying for the BBC’s wings to be clipped. But who knows with the Labour Party.

    #225675
    Lew
    Participant

    Windscribe is probably the best free VPN, though it does have a data limit:

    https://windscribe.com/features/use-for-free

    Lew

    #225678
    Matthew Culbert
    Keymaster

    Very nice it is too Lew. It didn’t fit in with my Linux architecture in Mint but it goes with the Chromium browser no bother.

    #225681
    Bijou Drains
    Participant

    I have the same issue in reverse, you can’t access RTE and RTE player in the UK (to watch the Gaelic Football or the Hurling).

    There are ways around things………..

    #225724
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Media Lens

    “when it comes to BBC News, it is time we all grew up and rejected the absurd fiction of BBC ‘balance’ and ‘impartiality’. Over the past two decades, we have provided endless examples of deep BBC bias, distortions and omissions.”

    Save The BBC? In Whose Interests?

    In an extensive analysis of the BBC, political analyst Gavin Lewis gave ample evidence that the BBC has long been:

    ‘a full-blown corporate state broadcaster and propagandist.’

    The Broken BBC

    #225871
    ZJW
    Participant

    Lew: Thanks for that very useful information. I’d read some years ago that iPlayer was configured such that VPNs could not unblock the geographical restriction, so I didn’t even bother with one. Looking now again at internet I see that this is not the case, or is no longer the case if it ever was.

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