BBC Two’s ‘Daily Politics’ airs an alternative view on the licence fee

Credit where credit is due: on April 2nd the BBC finally came up with an alternative view on the subject of the licence fee.

Appearing on BBC’s Two’s ‘Daily Politics Show’, Nick Ross said:

“Risk aversion is driving the BBC into a dead end… Replacing this poll tax with subscription would liberate the BBC. […]

“If we were honest, said Ross, “my view is we could get more revenue freely without sending people to prison or court because they do not pay their licence fee.”

BBC presenter Jo Coburn challenged Ross’s claims. She said: “The BBC is convinced it would lose money on the evidence and the polls they have done, people would not pay if they were not forced to”.

But Ross, best known for presenting the BBC’s Crimewatch programme, maintains that there is a bias in favour of the licence fee from within the BBC.

“The people commissioning this research will cling to the licence fee. They are cherry-picking evidence which sustains their own view,” he said.

“I understand where they are coming from. They are frightened and timid and they do not want the BBC to be challenged. 

“The uptake will be enormous, if the BBC does good programming. That is what this is about.”

Readers in the UK can view that programme for a limited period of time on BBC iPlayer here.

Nick Ross also made a short film on the subject which was posted on the BBC News website and can be seen here.

Nick Ross licence fee


3 comments on “BBC Two’s ‘Daily Politics’ airs an alternative view on the licence fee

  1. Nick Ross has always been one of the most intelligent British TV presenters, admittedly against an appalling bunch on the whole (with very few honourable exceptions).

  2. I believe Paxman also criticised antiquated BBC financing. Mind you, he hasn’t done so bad out of it.

  3. Nick was unceremoniously dumped by the BBC after 23 years as presenter of “Crimewatch.” Consequently he might adequately represent the “mildly-bothered” view of the licence fee that BBC authorities appear to be trying to purvey as being widespread among the British public.

    The empirical truth is substantially different and self-evidently growing in public acceptance. It is that ten percent of magistrates’ courts cases in 2012 were the result of licence fee TV tax non-payment prosecutions. The courts system is clogging up and the public have clearly had enough of this tax, as both the government and opposition have belatedly realised, with their joint plans to decriminalise it.

    The dinosaur BBC has relegated this seminal current British debate to the purview of this has-been beeboid and some other in-house stick-in-the-muds because it knows the end of TV tax heralds the end of the Soviet-era BBC monolith as we know it. Come the day of TV tax abolition, Duvidl will be spending his annual saved £145.50 on a couple of £79 tablets and then save up for a £300 laptop.

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