Democratising the BBC

Here’s an interesting proposal from Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, who suggests democratizing the BBC by giving licence fee payers the right to vote on a variety of subjects connected to the corporation. 

“The Harlow MP says the corporation is “something the UK should be justly proud of” but accuses it of being run as a “feudal monarchy”.

The bill would enable licence fee payers to vote on the BBC’s strategic direction and aspects of senior salaries and programming.

Licence fee payers would also be given a vote on the election of members of the BBC Trust and BBC Executive Board.

Mr Halfon says the move would “democratise the licence fee” and make the organisation more accountable to the British public.”

Read more about Mr Halfon’s proposal here.  

14 comments on “Democratising the BBC

  1. A move in the right direction – although I don’t know how one can be “justly proud” of an institutionally antisemitic organization. Chris Patten is a rabid Israel hater – and unelected, so the chance of booting him out would be good.

    • What people on this website do not want you to know: anyone who tries to contradict their marginal views is censored.

      Seems like they are annoyed at people who come with FACTS and who remind them of INTERNATIONAL LAW and HUMAN RIGHTS LAW.

      Israel is a democracy, where freedom of expression and freedom of the press are protected.

      Do Adam Levick and Hadar Sela feel unable to engage in an intellectual debate where some people contradict them using FACTS and FIGURES?

      It seems they do.

  2. I would go a step further, and say people should have the right to opt out of the BBC. Why are people forced to be customers of something they may don’t want?

  3. Agreed, Adam.

    I live in the UK. I’d like to have the chance to vote for the publication of the Balen Report, paid for and then suppressed with my money

  4. I’m not sure how much can be done about BBC. It’s an instituional problem that extends to the education system.
    We might also consider an ABC-CBS-NBC-CNN-MSNBC-HLN Watch here in the USA. And I suppose NYTimes-LATimes-Chicago Trib-Washington Post should be included. And it’s the same institutional problem here. The “journalists” all go to the same left wing schools. Anti-semitism/Zionism seems to be endemic on the left. I don’t know why. It even seems to infect most liberal Jews.

    • Liberal is such a widely misused word, there is nothing liberal about the political left which is silent on Islanism, against freedom of expression lest it offend, and in support of racist double standards in a variety of political positions.

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  6. Robert Halfon MP is being much too kind to the BBC. Break it up now. The brand is forever tarnished by Savile.

    Duvidl would spend his saved £145.50 licence fee on an android tablet and feel greatly relieved at the demise of this obsolete national broadcaster. To paraphrase Hamlet, something is rotten in the state of Britain.

  7. I agree with the sentiments of those above who say we need to be able to NOT pay for this rotten entity without forgoing the right to watch other tv channels. Mr Halfon is trying to use the pseudo-EU-sceptic argument of renegotiation with the beast rather than cutting off its source of sustenance. My solution- kill the thing.

    • John Whittingdale MP, chairman of the House of Commons media select committee, also wants to renegotiate with the beast. He said on Sky News today that he doesn’t think it is a question of breaking it up, just a bit of scythe work to senior management by the new Director-General.

      But the new Director-General, Lord Hall of Birkenhead, is just another Lord who was probably appointed over a taxpayer-funded double malt whisky in the House of Lords(Westminster Gasworks) bar by the hideous Lord Patten. Patten, himself an appointee, is the same man who paid off Entwistle with £450k for 54 days on the job.

  8. I doubt that would work, instead there should be two reforms. 1) Licence fee is optional, and only has to be paid by people who want BBC content. 2) Complaints reform so that changes to the org can be made including cultural changes.

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