Monday 20 April 2015

"Cut (the BBC) back to the bone"

Talking of Nigel Farage, here's a breaking news story from the BBC News website's homepage. 

Yes, it's in the small print, sitting in the BBC's news chart in a lowly twelfth place, but it's still there... just in case you missed it:

The BBC should be "cut back to the bone" and the licence fee reduced by two thirds, according to Nigel Farage.
The UKIP leader told a public meeting in Rochester he believed the BBC should not be privatised but retained as a public service broadcaster.
His proposal would mean the current fee of £145.50 would be reduced to £48.50.
Some of the other parties have set out their plans for the licence fee in their manifestos, including the Conservatives and the Green Party.
Mr Farage said: "Do I think the BBC needs to involve itself and engage itself in many other fields of entertainment and sport, given the whole world has changed with cable television and satellite television? No.
"I would like to see the BBC cut back to the bone to be purely a public service broadcaster with an international reach, and I would have thought you could do that with a licence fee that was about a third of what it currently is."
The BBC's Robin Brant said while UKIP had committed to reviewing the licence fee, which comes up for renewal next year, this was the first time the leader had put a figure on it.
Last week Mr Farage accused the BBC of fielding what he called a "left-wing" audience in the TV debate between him and the leaders of Labour, the SNP, Green party and Plaid Cymru.


  1. Farage is just trolling them now. It's awesome. I hope some idiot Beeboid is goaded into making a serious mistake trying to destroy him and brings more trouble to the BBC.

    1. Certainly he has nothing to lose.

      And goading idiot Beeboids is hardly a tricky play, as Jasmine Lawrence proved.

      The clear conflict of interest is plain to see. One party leader has laid out they are financially secure and safe from any form of holding to account if they back him; the other a £4Bpa state media monopoly devotes vast resources to undermining and demonizing.

      Not exactly a democratic ideal.

    2. A rare mis-step on logic though, too.

      Leaving only the news in the BBC's hands makes this a policy I wouldn't go near with a bargepole.

      And I suspect the Sherlock, Strictly and Match of the Day audiences just flopped back on the sofa with a fit if the vapours.

    3. Sure, I agree he has it backwards. The first thing that should go is news and current affairs. There won't be a necessary purge, so there's no saving it. It should burn. Shrinking the Corporation will also mean less power and wealth for the upper echelon, so perhaps vital turnover in key personnel will happen that way.

  2. At least they managed to squeeze something about another party or leader in.

    'Labour', or 'Edsez' is pretty much the order of the day.


Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.