BBC Licence Fee

With the 3% BBC Licence Fee rise being announced, I just thought I’d take the opportunity to say how much I value the BBC, and that I think it’s astounding value for money. In my view, they should have received a more generous rise.

If I ever left the UK, it’s the BBC that I’d miss most (after my family and friends). In particular:

  • BBC Four and Radio 4 – TV and radio that don’t pander to the lowest common denominator.
  • Word class current affairs programmes such as newsnight, Dateline London, Head 2 Head, Straight Talk, This Week, and Working Lunch
  • Top Gear – It’s a bit uneven at times, but when they get it right, it’s bloody great
  • BBC HD – 80% of my justification for buying Sky HD
  • CBBC and CBeebies – I don’t have children, but if I do have them, I want them to be able to watch TV, without having advertising being shoved in their face every 15 minutes
  • Planet Earth – Looks wonderful in standard definition, and simply beautiful in HD
  • MotoGP – I don’t own a motorbike; I’ve never ridden a motorbike; It doesn’t matter – this is the most exciting motorsport on TV, and the BBC do a fantastic job of covering it
  • – In my view, this is a near as the UK gets to a national web site

p.s. Channel 4 are also great, and deserve much credit, but they just don’t have the strength in depth of the BBC

One thought on “BBC Licence Fee

  1. Stephen

    I’d be prepared to pay an HD premium to ensure the BBC keeps investing in new HD programming. The video quality and content are so much better than the other HD channels. Planet Earth is stunning.

    The more I travel, the more certain I am that we have the best TV in the world – and the BBC is largely responsible.

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