Shall we start this from scratch?
If you’re unfamiliar or a little hazy on the BBC, have a look here : BBC - Wikipedia
It’s fair to say that the BBC is respected around the world as an example of reasonably impartial state run media. Throughout its life it’s had its ups and downs however as a creator of content, a news outlet, a cultural champion and a shining light of what the UK can actually do when it gets things right, the BBC is unparalleled.
I think many of us on here are of an age where we remember the childrens’ classics. Blue Peter, Swap Shop, Why Don’t You (in the holidays) and countless more. We then grew into the true and eternal classics of Fawlty Towers, Black Adder, Fools and Horses, Python, Red Dwarf etc etc etc. Brilliant content which was wide ranging and covered so many interests in life. Antiques Roadshow, Gardeners World etc. Floyd on Food was one of the things that got me into cooking (quite a thin chap as I remember) so the reach and impact of this organisation cannot be understated. Radio 4 kept me sane (HA!) for many years driving crazy miles round the country, thanks Mrs Trellis and Brian Aldridge. The Moral Maze was a superb program but then the afternoon plays were always dreadful. Light and shade I guess.
Sports were a huge part of the BBC’s repertoire when we were kids, Grandstand was the showpiece but with so many others sadly now passed. MOTD being the big one these days with the odd FA Cup game and brilliant coverage of the big events, Euros and World Cup and outside football, Olympics and Commonwealth Games. I wouldn’t play cricket were it not for TMS. Their enthusiasm for the game made me pick up a bat and ball and well, it’s a big part of my life now. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting both Henry Blofelt and Jonathan Agnew, splendid fellows, every inch the gentlemen they sound.
So, to business. The BBC can’t win. It will always be attacked for being biased one way or another. Of course, other methods of criticism are available. If you consume BBC products, you know exactly what I mean. They do almost trip over themselves to be as inclusive as possible. It’s particularly entertaining in the run-up to an election where you can almost see the chess clock going to make sure everybody gets their allotted time.
Right, I’m biased. Sorry, that should read I’m biased right. I also acknowledge (as should we all) that confirmation bias is a very real thing. We all count the hits and ignore the misses. Those of us who’ve been married for many years have also learned to ignore the missus. I watch very little new BBC content. Aside from MOTD, Dr Who and the odd series that perks my interest, I know nothing of TV programming and content. Maybe somebody could shed some light on current directions and agendas?
I’ll not re-hash this, a good and seemingly well rounded assessment I thought:
So what do we all think? Is the BBC as balanced and fair as it can be? The recent Gary L situation certainly showed that the government can still pull the reigns when it wants to. Does that mean the BBC is a conservative lap dog or just that it knows full well on which side its bread is buttered? Would it be any different under a Labour government? I doubt it and I don’t think I’d criticise it for it. Ultimately he who pays the piper calls the tune. Yes we all pay a license fee (those who live in the UK) and the organisation should be utterly impartial but that has never and will never happen. One could argue that if the BBC were not such a bunch of Lefties, they’d have stood up to the government but obviously if they were, they wouldn’t. No question from me that the PM can affect the BBC, that’s a very bad thing. But it is understandable.
I’ll never understand money spent on local radio though, that’s just bonkers IMHO. And Radio 3, really?
Over to you gang. BTW, please read what I’ve said, not what you think I mean.