October 23, 2006

Confirming the Obvious: BBC Admits Pervasive Bias. Article Commenters Have Solution.

The story from Saturday’s Daily Mail is a definite hard-drive saver, because the BBC will say they’ve cleaned up their act and start denying their bias again a few months from now (link is to the story with comments, so scroll UP for story; HT Michelle Malkin). Go to the link for the whole thing, as I am excerpting just a few paragraphs:

It was the day that a host of BBC executives and star presenters admitted what critics have been telling them for years: the BBC is dominated by trendy, Left-leaning liberals who are biased against Christianity and in favour of multiculturalism.

A leaked account of an ‘impartiality summit’ called by BBC chairman Michael Grade, is certain to lead to a new row about the BBC and its reporting on key issues, especially concerning Muslims and the war on terror.

….. One veteran BBC executive said: ‘There was widespread acknowledgement that we may have gone too far in the direction of political correctness.

‘Unfortunately, much of it is so deeply embedded in the BBC’s culture, that it is very hard to change it.’

In case you didn’t know, TV owners in Britain are required to pay a “license fee” (fiercely enforced) that largely funds the Beeb:

The 2006/2007 colour TV licence costs £10.96 per month (about $21 — Ed.) – about 36p per day for each household. It is free if you are over 75, half-price if you are registered blind.

The annual cost (set by the Government) is currently £131.50 (about $248). A black and white TV licence is £44 (about $83). There is no radio licence. There are regulations governing the licensing of second homes, residential homes, hotels, students or special situations.

A British household with multiple TVs will often (looks like “usually” or even “almost always” but I’m being careful) pay more for just the Beeb than an American household pays for 50 or more channels of basic cable or satellite TV.

Certain commenters at the Daily Mail link know what’s at the root of the Beeb’s bias problem, and have a way to “change it” — quickly (comments are not presented in the same order they appeared):

And with this kind of policy the BBC still demands us to pay for their lifestyle
- T B Hopper, Newcastle

Well shock horror what a surprise but do they care? No, because everyone is forced to fund them no matter what.
– John, Salford

Is there a way I can stop paying my TV licence if I stop watching BBC Channels?
- David Jones, cheshire uk

And I’m biased, I don’t want to pay the BBC a licence fee because I don’t watch it.
- Kim, Hampshire UK

Why are we forced to pay the so called TV licence?! I, for once, would not shed a tear, if BBC will kick the bucket.
- Elena, Bedford

What on earth do you expect from the BLAIR BROADCASTING CORPORATION???Scrap the licence and MAKE them compete in the real world!!
- Mr Ca Galloway, Stockport

Our own 527 Media has shown that being subject to the strictures of the “real world” won’t get rid of bias overnight. But as we’ve seen in recent years, there is eventually a price to pay for going too far, and business owners are willing to pay the price for only so long.

Next up: Privatize NPR.

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