BBC demands new laws to give its shows top billing over rivals in television guides

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  • Mr Purnell says: “It’s not just the BBC who’s worried about this … ‘

    Not by any means; an insupportably large number of long established, comfortably ensconced and very well remunerated vested interests can see the prospect of having to pay their own bills rather than pass them to the long suffering GBP.

    ‘ … ITV, Channel 4 and the House of Lords communications committee have all said it’s time for change as well.”

    I’m confident that the overwhelming majority of the GBP agree with Mr Purnell on that point.

    Lord Wood of Anfield, a Labour trough grubber peer, has tabled an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill that would give Ofcom the power to intervene if the BBC’s channels or catch-up services are not given enough prominence.

    Quite right too, we cannot allow the GBP to make choices about what they do and do not wish to watch on television. Who knows where that might end? Why, before you know it, people could be watching politically incorrect political discussions and news reports where the popular point of view is argued vigorously. No, no, we must have ultimate control in the hands of the state through the machinery of a tame and toothless ‘public’ watchdog.

    He believes he has sufficient support from the Liberal Democrats and cross-bench peers to defeat the Government and win the support of the Lords for the new laws.

    Stop Press: Turkeys vote for Christmas? Whether or not, that’s not the way to ensure that an arguably anachronistic and pointless constitutional body, widely considered to be little more than a privileged money making racket used only to reward self-serving politicians, corrupt businessmen and vain celebrities, continues to enjoy the support of the GBP.

    He said: “Without these rule changes, public service programmes risk withering on the vine as viewing habits change, and as platforms like Sky hide public service programmes behind other commercial content.”

    A spokeswoman for the supermarket chain Waitscobury said ‘unless Lidl and Aldi are compelled to advertise our stores, we risk withering on the vine as shopping habits change.

    A spokesman for the Department for Media, Culture and Sport, said: “With users increasingly able to personalise their own homepage for on-demand services, it would not be in their interests to legislate against this progress.”

    and added … “sorry, does that sound a bit limp? It’s the best we could come up while you were on hold at the switchboard. We know that the GBP is switching away from the Big 4 broadcasters because their output is brain rotting, politically biased and too often morally repugnant trash that is out of alignment with popular tastes but we are scared sh*tless of upsetting the meeja for fear of being given a hard time on QT and we need them on board, besides which, while the Lords is admittedly an embarrassment to the government this is not the quarrel we really wish to pick with them. OK?”

    • Groan

      I think one should support the campaign to end the licence fee (Tax). I cannot believe that in the 21st century people are forced to pay a tax to support a broadcaster. How can we criticise other nations (Russia?) when we have the best funded “state broadcasting” network in the world. End the fee and let the Beeb and other channels compete.

  • Slowcoach

    Not just a guideline or recommendation you notice, but primacy by law, foisted on us by his unelected chums in the Lords.

    Then he has the arrogance to do deny the bleedin’ obvious — which is that he DOES espouse the use of force.

    He is clearly of the loathsome Anthony Charles Lynton Blair school of ‘truth’, where where “war is peace”, “freedom is slavery” the chocolate ration has gone up again and
    “arbeit macht frei”.

    THAT sort of ‘truth’.

    Look at the body language which speaks louder than words.
    Arms crossed equals closed mind — you can agree with him or be wrong, precious little smirk on top of a self satisfied grin, post fasionable designer stubble.
    Let’t have a whip round and see if we can’t raise the price of a new shaver for the poor man.

    Like rats in a sewer his kind are ten a penny at the bbc these days.
    What’s the betting he lives in Islington or Hampstead?

  • MacOisdealbh

    If I look at the CBC, almost a mirror image of the hateful BBC in Canada. It does not matter if these morons get top billing in any guide, people will still not chose them (if it is not about hockey). Everyone knows they are boring and untrustworthy even though we taxpayers are forced to give these morons $1.5B a year to keep them going. #DefundtheCBC