Fund the BBC via council tax

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

The Director General of the BBC, Mark Thompson, has suggested that the BBC licence fee might one day be lumped in with general taxation such as the council tax or via a levy on electricity bills because more people are avoiding paying it by watching TV online.

The Daily Mail says that this would cause concerns that the BBC’s independence might be compromised if it was to be funded through general taxation.  I think that on the planet on which the Daily Mail is based, the BBC isn’t really an extension of the British government’s propaganda machine, full of left wing extremists.

The BBC licence fee might not be called a tax but that’s effectively what it is.  If you want to watch a TV you have to pay the licence fee, in much the same way that if you want to drive a car you have to pay the road fund licence (aka car tax).  They might not be called taxes but that’s what they are.  Would being funded out of general taxation make the BBC any more or less “independent” than the BBC licence tax?

I actually quite like the idea of funding the BBC through council tax, assuming the council tax was changed into a local income tax based on ability to pay rather than the estimated average value of the houses on your street in the 90’s.  It means the Scots and Welsh can pay for their Welsh and Gaelic channels themselves instead of the English having to foot the bill.  The BBC Asian Network can be funded through some targeted taxation in areas that have large Asian populations.  BBC Alba costs the taxpayer £14m a year – £10m from the Scottish government (subsidised by the English taxpayer) and 4m from BBC Scotland (funded mostly by the English taxpayer) – but only 1% of Scots speak Gaelic and only about 250,000 of the 60m people that live in the UK watch the channel.

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  1. axel (1214 comments) says:

    the question that must be asked of the 250,000, is that 250,000 (+/- 250,000 for statistical errors) do they know how to change the channel or are they even aware there are other channels.

    Gaelic is a very picturesque language and if you translate ‘Fuck off back to the islands and stop pissing in the gene pool used by us normals’ they sing happily and skip off home

  2. axel (1214 comments) says:

    multi culturism

    Is Gaelic tv self imposed primitivism, an exclusive members only club or just a sign of our self indulgent culture soaking up money and self justification?

    As a scot of northern descent, i feel justified in indulging in a racist rant about it.

    ‘It is all bullshit that we cant afford, this is britain in the 21st century, evolve or die, if you want your sheep shagging culture spread about, do it on the net and stop wasting our money, the whole world is going down the toilet and your self indulgent bullshit with a dead language is as out of place as chinless fucks from cambridge telling jokes in latin. Government imposed and supported cultures become weaker and develope to be relaiant on the subsidies, we no longer have the money to waste, fuck off back to the islands and self pollute in your own genepool’

    please feel free to use this and change what ever bits you need to make it apply to your own personal ethnic hate group

  3. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    Funding out of general taxation isn’t a bad idea, I agree.

    Democratising the BBC Trust might better secure independence from govt, I reckon.

  4. jameshigham (87 comments) says:

    The idea is appalling. Council tax is high enough and I don’t watch TV, therefore why would I want an added tax for something I don’t want?

  5. axel (1214 comments) says:

    what about adverts?

    that means, all the 50 minute shows can be stretched out to the hour, like they are when the Beeb sells them abroad

    did you know, you cant watch the BBC on line with out a TV licence?

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