Re: the Beeb don't do anything that is or requires a natural monopoly
Agreed. However, the BBC is required by law to be impartial. Commercial stations just have to make a profit and keep their owners happy. That's a pretty big difference and one that I think is worth paying for.
Or looking at that point another way, commercial stations have to keep their viewers happy otherwise hey go out of business. BBC executives can still trouser 7-figure incomes even if the output is so shite that nobody watches it.