Setting out the BBC’s stance ahead of negotiations over the renewal of its Royal Charter in 2016, Lord Hall said: “We’ve always said that the licence fee should be updated to reflect changing times. I welcome the committee’s endorsement of our proposal to make people pay the licence fee even if they only watch catch-up television. The committee has suggested another route to modernising the licence fee – a universal household levy.
Lord Hall says the proposal will ensure that the Corporation retains its global influence
“Both proposals have the same goal in mind: adapting the licence fee for the internet age. I believe we need and we will need what the licence fee – in whatever form – makes happen more than ever. ”
Well, you would say that, wouldn’t you?
But what do the customers want? The consumers..? Remember them?
The Director-General will warn that a BBC forced to reduce the size and scope of its services as it competes against digital platforms offered by the likes of Google, Apple and Netflix would be fatally diminished.
His speech claims: “The BBC is at a crossroads. Down one path lies a BBC reduced in impact and reach in a world of global giants. Damaging the UK’s creative industries. A sleep-walk into decay for the BBC, and Britain diminished as a result. Which means a UK dominated by American taste-makers.
“Down the other path is a strong BBC helping bind the country together at home and championing it abroad. A British creative beacon to the world. Providing a universal service for a universal fee. An internet-first BBC which belongs to everyone.”
Does it? I thought it belonged mainly to those who want to run down any aspect of ‘Britishness’ in favour of pandering to the elites that comprise their higher echelons of management.
That’s certainly how it acts, anyway.