@AC anti Beeb bashing
"That could be because I've experienced the televisual delights our foreign cousins enjoy."
Our other British channels all put on the same quality guff and it gets paid for by commercials.
"If there was no license fee then you'd still pay for TV...The money comes from an overcharge which they have added to every single sale of their products"
That's nice, they're charging me to watch their advertisements? Then I accept, obviously they have to charge for staff wages, electricity, water, gas, council tax, building leases, transport, mot's, petrol, etc etc. Of course they will try to claw some money back.
Thing is, I pay for their goods if - IF - I choose to buy their goods. Not all the goods I buy are advertised on TV. I do not buy all the goods I see advertised on TV.
So how can that argument work in totality?
It was a good point - but it does not change the fact that if you have a TV and do not watch the BBC you still have to pay a TV licence.
Oh - and by the way, the TV licence site says that one of the excuses they get for people not paying their TV licence is 'I don't watch programmes on my TV, I don't receive a signal, I just watch DVD's'.
"They are after all reknowned world-wide as a quality broadcaster."
I wonder about this - reknowned by who? How do you know they are well reknowned? Are they still reknowned by those people after their recent antics?
There is no defence for the licence fee in my view - the BBC are largely a decent broadcaster compared to some of the rubbish they have abroad but that does not mean I should have to pay a licence to watch my TV just because the BBC has *no other means of funding* (which is guff).