Re: We should pay for TV we dont want
I haven't been to hospital since i had butterfly stitches at, probably, the age of 8. I don't smoke, I exercise regularly, I use a private dentist, 20:20 vision etc etc. But yet a good percentage of my salary goes to the NHS each month.
I've never called the police, my house has never burnt down, and when the grass over grows on the roadside near my house, i'll go out and cut it. But yet I still pay my council tax.
I dont watch alot of TV, infact I couldnt tell you when I last watched a BBC program myself, but I understand the importance of the BBC charter model. It is the only thing keeping good quality programs that appeal to ALL audiences, on the air. I'm not interested in University Challenge, but i'm happy to pay knowing that there are others out there, possibly less fortunate than myself, who DO enjoy watching it.
Look at Pay-per-view attempts at 'educational' programming. Track the History or National Geographic's channels show listings for the last 10 years and watch the slide into reality TV.