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Long Live The BBC and Get To fork News Corp....
« on: August 29, 2009, 09:39:29 PM »
This is really quite funny when you think about it, Murdock Jnr is trying to put an argument across that we should get shut of the BBC which does wonderfull thngs for a non profit and dos them very well.  It is there for everyone and caters to even the smallest minorities and that is what it is there for but the Murdochs wants us to get shut of it so they can charge us for the privaledge of buying there biased one sided bollocks?  Why would we want to do that?  In my opinion the licence fee is worth every penny, would we have got any programs of the quality off:  The Blue Planet, The Trails of Life, Life in Cold Blood, Red Dwarf, Bottom, The Office, Extras, Blue Peter, The Street, QI, Black Adder, The Young Ones and I could go on but I think I have made my point but why should we get shut of the BBC just because it does a far better job than the Murdocks pile of shed and he cant compete against it?  Incase your wondering what I am talking about here is the story:

Cut the licence fee, says James Murdoch in further attack on BBC

Following MacTaggart lecture broadside, News Corp man advocates making corporation 'much, much smaller'


MediaGuardian Edinburgh International TV Festival
Cut the licence fee, says James Murdoch in further attack on BBC

Following MacTaggart lecture broadside, News Corp man advocates making corporation 'much, much smaller'

James Murdoch repeated his call for the BBC to be reined in today, saying that the corporation should have its licence fee funding reduced by government so that it becomes "much, much smaller".

In a question and answer session at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival following last night's MacTaggart lecture, the chairman and chief executive of News Corporation in Europe and Asia suggested the licence fee should be reduced significantly.

"If you simply constrained the expenses – with plenty of advance warning – the next [licence fee] settlement or something like that – [you say] the number is 'X'. We have got a huge debt pile in this country. We have financial issues. I think the BBC would prioritise pretty fast," Murdoch said.

He added that the corporation's 24-hour news channels and website were inhibiting the ability of commercial competitors to invest in news. "The news operation is creating enormous problems for the independent news business and it has to be dealt with," he said.

"The BBC should not be in the business of competing with professional journalists. The consequences [for] independent journalists is probably the most urgent one to deal with."

He produced two visual aids to illustrate the BBC's financial resources and its global stretch and reach. He also repeating the assertion in his MacTaggart speech last night that the UK media industry was "suffocating" under the burden of too much regulation.

Brandishing a huge card showing a list of the BBC's brands and businesses to illustrate its size, Murdoch said: "I just don't understand why a guide to nightclubs in Mykonos is something the government needs to be doing. I know people say 'its not the state. Stop saying that.' It is. It's a public institution owned by taxpayers."

He said the BBC licence fee and regulatory system led to: "Unaccountable self-perpetuating growth over generations."

Murdoch added that sharing out the licence fee would not help solve the problem of state intervention in broadcasting. "The licence fee is regressive and that is not good. It does have one useful element – it enables you to put an absolute spotlight on the totality of the intervention," he said.

He described the idea of contestability – sharing some of the licence fee with commercial competitors or other public service broadcasters like Channel 4 – as "catastrophic".

Talking about the effect of the BBC on other news organisations, Murdoch implied that it would put newspapers out of business. "You seem to be assuming there will be something left" he said, referring to its future impact.

He added that he was confident that News International, which owns News Corp's stable of British newspapers, would find ways to charge for digital content. "The challenge around asking people to pay pay for something is not as difficult to understand as some people might think. Its pretty simple. We found similar arguments 20 years ago when Sky launched and people said 'People won't pay. They have four channels'," he said.

Murdoch also said Sky had demonstrated that consumers would pay for content that was "differentiated" and the launch of Sky Italia five years ago proved that this model could be successful.

He suggested that News Corp's assets, including Sky News and its stable of British newspapers, created enough original content to justify charging, citing the "incredible work we see coming out of Sky News in Afghanistan". "We trust [customers] every day at the newsstand – why wouldn't we trust them [online]?" he said.

Murdoch repeated the criticism he made in Friday night's MacTaggart lecture, attacking free newspapers launched and paid for by local councils. Along with the BBC, he argued, they created a difficult market in which to charge for news. "The crowding out makes the UK the hardest place in the world – by far – to pull this off."

At the moment, Murdoch said, the BBC responds to slight cutbacks in the value of the licence fee in real terms by presenting regulators and viewers with a false choice. "[The government] says you are going to get one pound less and they say 'Attenborough gets it in the head'."

He added that in the current regulatory arrangement, the BBC acts as "an imitation of a company".

"The BBC has to be at the cutting edge of technology, has to serve everybody, has to be popular and has to do things the market cannot do," Murdoch added.


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Re: Long Live The BBC and Get To fork News Corp....
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2011, 03:30:08 PM »
stop the friggin spam, dr build.

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note to Jim - a couple of spammer/bots need to be banned (and their IP).

easy to do under forum settings and/or an htaccess file.

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