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Earlier today (Christmas Eve) This Writer posted the following short film by campaigners 38 Degrees on the Vox Political Facebook page:

To say it received a mixed reaction is probably a huge underestimation.

Here are some of the comments:

“You havin a laugh, the bbc is a biased thieving bullying nepotism riddled pea do protecting empire , f””” k off.”

“The BBC is now a totally corrupt government and corporate mouthpiece. It’s reputation in tatters. Let it die.”

“Who cares if the bbc fails? Let it happen.”

“The licence system is out of date, a compulsory tax to watch tv? the dinosaurs need to be killed off and compete on a level playing field with other stations/broadcasters.”

“ill protect it when it starts holding govenment to account rather than being its mouthpiece.”

It seems very clear that these are people who haven’t thought this through.

As a publicly-funded entity, it is possible to pull the BBC back from the right-wing viewpoint that it currently puts forward, most particularly in its news and current affairs output.

If you allow the Conservative Government to attack the BBC, with a view to its eventual death, perhaps you haven’t considered what will rush in to fill the gap:

You’ll get a lot of commercial channels – some funded by adverts, some fund by subscription, and some funded by both. All will be owned by private concerns and therefore all of them will be entirely devoted to the interests of those private concerns.

In other words, if you think BBC bias is bad, you’ll be facing a rude awakening when it is gone!

I don’t want TV (and/or radio) that caters for the extremely rich, promotes the interests and ideology of the extremely rich, and charges the poor huge amounts to receive it, but that is what will happen.

Those of you who have written against the BBC are actively campaigning for an utterly biased, right-wing media dictatorship.

I wonder why you want that.

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