Stephen Fry and the BBC

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  1. amiga macrumors 6502

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  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    The ever slowly increasing licence fee does bug me, but at the same time I'd hate to be without Auntie.

    If I want facts, I turn to the BBC, and I do believe that the BBC still represents what many countries wish they had in a broadcaster.
     
  3. AndyK macrumors 6502a

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    Inflation will never be avoided ever.
     
  4. amiga thread starter macrumors 6502

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    If you're interested, its worth watching the 'speech' although it is long.
     
  5. Full of Win macrumors 68030

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    Its your country, but the BBC is about as biased as they come...

    Link 1

    Link 2

    Link 3
     
  6. amiga thread starter macrumors 6502

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    In case people hadn't realized the rest of the media is very critical of the BBC... Thats not to say the place is perfect and never makes mistakes or bad programs...
     
  7. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    bleh, I don't care much if they make a big deal over charitable events (link 1), link 2 is just too much to read and seems to be by someone hell-bent on whining and picking holes. Link 3 and the being afraid of offending Muslims. Don't even get me started, but the beeb aren't the only one's guilty of being extra careful around that subject by a long way.

    Overall, the BBC still take some beating IMO, and I wouldn't trust Murdoch's Sky News with anything.
     
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    I think many people would pay the licence fee just so they don't have to sit through dammed adverts.
     
  9. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    100% correct. Especially as F1 is returning home next year.
     
  10. bartelby macrumors Core

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    But if they have the Top Gear guys I'll be watching with the sound off. They're ok for TG but I think they'd ruin F1.
     
  11. amiga thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is that true or just a rumour?
     
  12. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    It's basically the same team as they have now I think, but without The Cock™
     
  13. bartelby macrumors Core

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    James Allen?
     
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    I had to check as I work with some people who think Brundle is a cock:confused:
     
  16. BBC B 32k macrumors 6502

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    Seeing as The Times is part owned my by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Sky TV and Sky News, there is little surprise in the first link.

    Though I feel that the fee should be lower and the BBC stick to two public service channels.

    Unless they want to get back into making computers :D

    As for freeSat, do not get me started.
     
  17. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    There is no such thing as 'bias free', there is always going to be bias.

    However as far as I can tell, the BBC are among the most un-biased and factual broadcasting companies in any country, and almost certainly in the UK.
     
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    I've noticed that many right-wingers have trouble with the concepts of introspection and self-assessment. Pity.
     
  19. DAC47 macrumors 6502

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    If only they could be "fair and balanced" like Fox.*



    *(oh and just in case you haven't noticed I am being sarcastic.)
     
  20. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    For me the true worth of the BBC was shown in the way that their news departments covered and handled the fallout of the Hutton Report. I cannot imagine any other broadcaster being so unbiased and critical of itself under those circumstances.

    Plus the idea of a TV/Radio schedule minus Stephen Fry, Sir David Attenborough, Dan Cruickshank, In Our Time, Paxman, Humphreys, etc, doesn't bare thinking about.

    Then there's the website...
     
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    God, I wish we had that here. Seriously.
     
  22. amiga thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think people need to stand up for thier BBC or there won't be one and that'd be :(
     
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    Its true. We all love the Beeb.
     
  24. Loge macrumors 68020

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    The Proms is enough of a reason to like the BBC.
     
  25. bigandy macrumors G3

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    He says, quoting The Times... :rolleyes:

    Come back when you can show me a media outlet (especially in Western Europe or North America) that is completely without bias.

    I won't hold my breath.


    In my own view, yeah, the BBC has it's faults, but some of the best programming in the world comes out of their offices. *ahem* Planet Earth.
     

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