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Opinion: Why it’s time for the BBC to lose their license fee

From the establishment of the corporation in 1922, the BBC has a long prestigious history of broadcast journalism. The BBC is the world’s oldest national state broadcaster, funded by the government-mandated TV licence fee that we must all pay, or risk fine and imprisonment.

The BBC undoubtedly has an honourable history in promoting British culture, interest and values around the world. To those in occupied Europe, it was the voice of oncoming liberation from the tyranny of Nazi and Italian fascist occupation. However, like many breakup stories, the BBC’s seemingly unbreakable relationship with the British public would fall from grace due to the arrogance of the corporation in line with the broader commentariat. 

The BBC, in its current form, has demonstrated absolute contempt for its own charter, which has been especially clear in post-Brexit Britain. The charter clearly states that the mission of the BBC is to “act in the public interest, serving all audiences through the provision of impartial, high-quality and distinctive output and services which inform, educate and entertain.” 

However, insider allegations by veteran broadcaster John Humphrys claimed that the BBC was “devastated” by the Brexit vote and that the corporation fundamentally do not understand the UK public. They speculated that the vote for Brexit explains why so many people, especially those who do not align with the anti-Brexit liberal-left, feel so alienated by our national broadcaster. 

While John Humphrys talks about the subtleness of the liberal-left bias in the BBC, the enlistment of Brexit-bashing comedians like Nish Kumar show that the BBC’s doesn’t just lie in subtleness, but rather outright trolls those who do not adopt the woke revisionist view of Britain as the evil coloniser with nothing to be proud of.  The Beeb, in its ultimate act of trolling, decided to air an episode of Horrible Histories on Brexit Day in what could only be seen as a final anti-Brexit tirade, targeting the young impressionable demographic of Britain. 

But it doesn’t stop at educational programmes and the news media. The liberal-left bias is strongest in the BBC’s entertainment sector.  Take the last two seasons of Doctor Who, directed by Chris Chibnall for example, which previously had subtle Marxist, pro-LGBT and colour-blind themes such as mixed-raced relationships in the 2005 reboot (Captain Jack’s fantastic flamboyance and the subtle criticism of class hierarchy all in a prism of humanising, morally grey narrative for example). 

However, the Beeb has decided to drop the subtleness of these themes and go on an ‘all out woke offensive’ against the thousands of fans who loved the new Who, but did not share the extreme progressive worldview of many in the BBC. 

The inclusion of the first female doctor, and the following accusations of bigotry against anyone who simply felt that the decision to gender-swap one of the oldest male sci-fi protagonists in history, was plain laziness and pandering to radical feminists who see the entertainment industry as nothing more than a battlefield for their ideology. The plummeting of Doctor Who’s ratings is an exceptional casualty of the ideological crusade against the patriarchy and toxic masculinity. 

If the BBC had the rights to James Bond, we’d probably already have lost yet another male icon in the name of “progress”. 

So, why do I bother writing this article and voicing my frustration at the Beeb? Simple. I have to pay for this, and so do you! 

So what can be done? Not paying the license fee should be decriminalised for a start. It is ridiculous that in 2020, we have to pay a TV license for a corporation that has no interest in serving all sectors of the public and only caters to the ‘wokest’ of society. In the age of digital streaming and Netflix, who actually watches live TV anyway?

Ideally, the TV license fee would be scrapped completely and the BBC would move to a subscription-based model similar to that of Netflix and Amazon Prime, all of whom have already outflanked the BBC and sucked away key talent like Jeremy Clarkson (who was disgracefully fired by the Beeb at the pleasure of the Twitter mob). Perhaps if the BBC relied on appealing to wider audiences in Britain and around the world, it will survive in the private sector and ironically fulfill its charter. Only time will tell.

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Featured photo, altered from original, taken by Enrique Íñiguez Rodríguez licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

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