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Re: My new forum

PostPosted by E. Nygma » Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:19 pm

That sounds like a good idea. Contact the BBC with that idea, since we pay for the company, the public pretty much owns it and should get a say on how our money is being wasted.
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Re: My new forum

PostPosted by bastard behind the eyes » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:04 pm

David Mitchell? I'm not paying for that twat. Nice guy, funny guy but writes utter and complete socialist thievery stuff in the Guardian. I'd rather pay for celebrity dancing bollocks and tits on ice.
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Re: My new forum

PostPosted by McFuck » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:50 am

please explain aforementioned licence fee please. is this something you pay when you buy a new tv?
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Re: My new forum

PostPosted by crooked » Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:45 am

In order to receive live television broadcasts (through old fashioned analogue equipment, newer digital aerial based equipment or through live Internet streaming) in the UK, a household must pay an annual tax called a TV licence.

This tax is the sole means of funding for the various BBC television channels, radio stations and online content. Some of the money also goes to commercial broadcasters for their news and factual output.

It's worth noting that the BBC has a commerial arm called BBC Worldwide which sells some of the tax payer funded content such as Top Gear to various countries around the world. The revenue from this goes back in to the pot, topping up the tax money.


There has been debate in this country for decades about whether we need a state funded broadcaster and to me there seem to be very few compelling arguments in favour except the bare bones comparisson of Johnny Foreigner's dreadful TV channels with our magnificent, if a little New World Order agenda pushing BBC.


It's about a hundred and fifty quid a year per househoid.
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Re: My new forum

PostPosted by HE Bates » Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:30 am

Well, you people should be grateful for the BBC. You should see what our public broadcaster is like. Most of the locally produced shit is... shit, and they can only afford American or British shows once the shows are several seasons old. So, you get endless replays of Rocky, while the other independent 'free-to-air' channel basically shows wrestling and very old soaps.

Our equivalent to cable has BBC feeds, and good sport programming, etc., but is quite expensive.

In any case, I don't have television and depend on friends to copy me shows from the PVR's; then there's the rental shop in my hood, which is terrible. I've watched the better movies 2 or 3 times, because 80% of the stock is bullshit - shlockbuster bullshit. Lots of students so often the few good movies get stolen. The owner is a dimwit and knows nothing about film. Franchises, aargh.

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Re: My new forum

PostPosted by McFuck » Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:01 pm

what absolute twaddle! the air waves should and must be free! Next they will tax the air we breathe!

how do they expect to compete with the internet?
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Re: My new forum

PostPosted by Tennyson » Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:31 pm

Hooray for McFuck! I thought I had been conclusively defeated by the eminent Batey! If we're to be taxed for entertainment, let's be taxed for all of it (not just the bleeding BBC) and let the tax be related to income.
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Re: My new forum

PostPosted by The Purveyor » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:18 pm

I love the BBC.

Sky want the TV license abolished. I think they feel threatened by the BBC's quality and heritage.

However, I more or less agree with Sky's position - with a twist: let's have a license fee for all TV in the UK, with customers being able to pick and choose the channels they want.

If you do not want to watch TV, you have no license. If you just want BBC1, pay such and such amount. Likewise, if you just want Sky1, also pay such-and-such amount. If you want more, pay more.

Without football, Sky would be dead. I think the BBC would blow Sky out of the water.
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Re: My new forum

PostPosted by McFuck » Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:50 am

I'd subscribe to cable if they would let me choose and only pay for the channels I want, instead of paying $50 or more for 5 channels I want and 95 others I don't want.
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Re: My new forum

PostPosted by HE Bates » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:22 am

Aah, in my youth I once had a hand in designing a 'Free the Airwaves' t-shirt. Pirate college radio.

Well, last night's news is that our public broadcaster had 'mismanaged', for the year thus far, about 20 million Pound (200 million ZAR - that's my rent for 5555 years). Yes, that would probably include expensive World Cup tickets for bastard friends who then would never attend any games, etc. In the meantime, independent/freelance television producers (I know a few), struggle to get paid.

20 million Pound. That's a fuck of a lot of money.
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Re: My new forum

PostPosted by HE Bates » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:33 am

Oh, as an example of our public broadcaster's lag. Top Chef season 1 (2006) just started two weeks ago. 20 million Pound 'mismanaged' - no wonder they can't outbid competitors on more up-to-date shows.

The public broadcaster is essentially the state broadcaster in a literal sense. All the high-ups are political appointments, although there's much pretense that it's not the case. In terms of audience it means that it is mostly those who cannot afford 'cable' that is subject to the piss poor programming, and, thus, the mismanagement.

So (my personal gripe), you have these fucking mismanagers stuffing themselves with whatever the nouveau rich stuff themselves in hospitality suites, while dropping Formula 1 racing because it's not a 'people's sport', etc.

OK, that's enough anger for the day.
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Re: My new forum

PostPosted by Tennyson » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:58 am

This does sound pretty grim, I agree. In your place I wouldn't bother with TV, just watch things on the internet. (Where is Cape Colony, by the way? It's not listed in my Enid Blyton-era atlas.)

I've just noticed that October is your anniversary month, a year on the Forum, so HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Mr Bates from your fellow scribe, Tennyson (half a league, half a league ...)
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Re: My new forum

PostPosted by HE Bates » Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:24 pm

Oh, thanks Tennyson; I hadn't realised it's been a year.

Cape Colony? Are you pulling my leg? Are you in the UK? 1820 Settlers, Wilberforce, Lord Charles Somerset, 1822, Dutch Occupation, Anglo-Boer War, the Cullinan diamond, Cape to Cairo...
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Re: My new forum

PostPosted by Tennyson » Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:25 am

Something to do with Africa then, is it? Don't understand "Colony". Perhaps Crooked will introduce a new sub-section where members can educate each other (this is not a joke).

I take it my knowledge of history is deficient ... but I've had an even greater shock this morning as the British government is releasing "historical" documents from 1979. Historical. 1979. Bl**dy h*ll.
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Re: My new forum

PostPosted by crooked » Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:02 pm

South Africa.
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