Every now and then on the media, like Facebook, there is a campaign for people to abolish the UK television licence.
I wonder if people really think this is possible. Is it possible for Auntie Beeb to operate with money out of thin air? Especially as the government are making cuts on hospitals and the police at the moment.
Think about it, each TV company’s business model is as follows:-
BBC – annual subscription (required by law even if you dont watch this channel) but no commercials.
ITV/C4/C5 – commercials between shows, no subscription fee needed.
But then the channels on satellite and cable, ie: MTV have both. This is why I don’t have cable or satellite, as I think it offers poor value for money. I don’t understand why I have seen some people plonk down upto £40 a month sometimes for terrible stuff.
I have had a freeview box but the software design of these devices is atrocious and the two different units I had would constant freeze and break down. I will get another one but I need to look for some careful reviews first. I think a lot of foreign people are quite jealous of British telly.
I don’t mind advertising, it should be non-intrusive, not to nag and be honest. In all honesty, channels like MTV have double the number of adverts of ITV, and require a subscription. The adverts are twice as frequent, and trashy often for annoying ring tones and premium rate telephone lines, sometimes adult stuff when its not even late.
I think MTV and music channels will disappear with music subscription services like all-you-can-eat internet music like Spotify will divulge into music videos at some point, or a similar competitor will, in the same way Google has made the Yellow pages book now only good for removing insects and fixing tables with short legs.
Maybe Youtube could evolve to show music videos continuously in such a way based on a predetermined set of music tastes that could also promote new bands as well as current favourites.
British TV licence is about £130, that £11 a month, which a large takeaway pizza and a big bottle of coke or curry at the medium scale of things. I think that’s quite reasonable myself.
Lets keep the television licence but ensure that the fees are spent wisely.