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After posting my previous comments on the BBC, I thought I should actually complain to the BBC. I’m sure I shan’t receive a satisfactory reply.

My complaint followed the lines of my blog post but I made the following additional point. Article 3.2 of the BBC’s charter specifies that its main object is the promotion of its Public Purposes laid out in article 4. These are:

sustaining citizenship and civil society;
promoting education and learning;
stimulating creativity and cultural excellence;
representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities;
bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK;
in promoting its other purposes, helping to deliver to the public the benefit of emerging communications technologies and services and, in addition, taking a leading role in the switchover to digital television.

I suggested that, since their programming entirely failed to promote these purposes, taking the licence fee under such circumstances was akin to embezzlement.
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BBC Now SBC

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I suggested some time ago that the BBC should be renamed the SBC because of its move to Salford, a cultural desert on the outskirts of Manchester. It seemed clear that its main purpose was no longer to serve the people of Britain in general but only those dwelling in the former home of Britain’s worst painter, a place where outsiders are shot on sight.

Perhaps I’ve got it wrong. Perhaps it should still be the SBC but with the S standing for Sports. It has long been clear that the BBC regards sport as more important than anything else on its schedule but today they plumbed new depths. Five Live, which has the advantage over Radio 4 of starting its news broadcasting an hour earlier, at 5 a.m., decided to ditch its news and the 5.30 ‘Wake up to Money’ programme in favour of a tennis match featuring Andy Murray. There is actually a Five Live Sports Extra station, but that had cricket on it. Clearly the SBC is in the right place. Somewhere where no-one cares about news or the state of the economy.
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