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By Boiler
#133
Well, this had to be added, so...

In just over 18 months time the BBC will be 100 years old: how long will it last after that?

My own view has already been picked up on in other quarters: if the country ever gets FTTP* to every household I can see a big drive to turn off all the TV transmitters on some financial/'green' codswallop and drive everyone to TV over IP - this in turn will push the BBC into being funded on a subscription model. I can imagine radio remaining free and "over the air" as it has a role to play during difficult times such as flooding or very poor weather - plus of course, reception in motor vehicles.

This of course assumes that by then, Johnson and his merry band, aided by Dacre at OFCOM, haven't just shut it down.

*Fibre To The Premises.
By Bones McCoy
#139
I'm inclined to think the tories will treat the BBC as they do the NHS.

As a student firebrand I was convinced that Thatcher would close down the NHS to save money.
Now I see that the NHS is a useful tax sink, into which ministers, families and donors can dip at will.
Why would anybody abolish such a convenient income stream?

Returning to the BBC, the deal s somewhat different.
The BBC serves as a useful publicity sink, into which ministers, media allies, suitably aligned edgelords and disruptors can dip at will.
The government needs only to maintain control through suitable senior appointments and threat levels.
Why would anybody abolish such a convenient publicity stream?
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By Bones McCoy
#140
Boiler wrote: Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:02 am Well, this had to be added, so...

In just over 18 months time the BBC will be 100 years old: how long will it last after that?

My own view has already been picked up on in other quarters: if the country ever gets FTTP* to every household I can see a big drive to turn off all the TV transmitters on some financial/'green' codswallop and drive everyone to TV over IP - this in turn will push the BBC into being funded on a subscription model. I can imagine radio remaining free and "over the air" as it has a role to play during difficult times such as flooding or very poor weather - plus of course, reception in motor vehicles.

This of course assumes that by then, Johnson and his merry band, aided by Dacre at OFCOM, haven't just shut it down.

*Fibre To The Premises.
<Shakes fist at sky, and gives it the full Shatner treatment> THAAAA-THCER!!

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