I'm not disagreeing with you. It is increasingly difficult to defend the license fee when the top programmes are Strictly Come Dancing and Eastenders. You're probably right that the BBC quality probably wouldn't suffer but I still think it's important to have a public broadcaster that is funded this way.
Planet Earth would never have been made were it not for the BBC's funding. Commercial stations want content made and broadcast as quickly and as cheaply as possible. A documentary series that took five years would be completely out of the question.
Lets say the license fee is abolished and the BBC is forced to fund itself. What happens if it just devolves into ITV, churning out piss-poor sitcom after reality TV show after X Factor rip-off and nothing with the scope and ambition of Planet Earth is made again? We won't be able to back and we'll have lost one of the truly great British institutions. One that's recognised and respected around the world. It's not a risk I'd go for.
#3943932, By mrblackett Russell Brand is the future of telly
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