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Tuesday 15 August 2006

The 'Mob' wants its money!

The 'Mob' in this instance is the BBC, our licence-fee funded national broadcaster. They get quite upset when people don't pay their ransom demands. They don't actually break knees, of course - I have no doubt they see this as a tragic weakness in the law.

Naturally I do not condone law-breaking so pay my licence fee by annual Direct Debit. However it seems that citizens of Scotland's two largest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh, are ranked second and fifth respectively in the UK for non-payment of this tax on possession of a television receiver - even if one never watches the BBC's output. The sooner we move to a BBC which has to rely on its own ingenuity to generate its income, without Government compulison, the better it will be. The other publicly incoroporated television network, Channel 4, provides pretty high quality programming, including pretty good news programmes and supports itself with advertising. It is time the BBC was forced to adopt this or a subscription model instead of its current system, which has led to it becoming a bloated monster.

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