There’s really no accounting for taste. As the caller on this morning’s phone-in illustrated when she declared that there was nothing on the entire output of the BBC that suited her tastes , that the BBC were bullies and that being compelled to pay the license fee was against her human rights. Funny how that much maligned statute gets dragged up when it conveniences people.
Each to their own.
After weeks of speculation the BBC is to cut radio stations 6music (and if I hear one more ignoramus refer to it as radio 6 I swear I’ll explode. Pass the ammo) and the Asian network together with many web sites and youth orientated initiates whilst re-branding BBC radio 7 to Radio 4 extra (because it’d be strange to highlight the legacy of a missing number 6 station presumably) and trying to make Radio 2 ‘more distinctive’.
It was interesting to hear the culture secretary criticise the BBC for acting as if it was a dead cert that the next government would be a Conservative one (even though it’d be a bloody miracle if it wasn’t). Which of course hints at the real motivation behind these BBC cuts. They are political in motive and designed to placate any future Murdoch/ Cameron axis (of evil?) and the near certainty of a thorough butchering by the traditionally BBC-hostile Conservatives.
In this case though it seems akin to bloodying your own face in the hope of playing on the sympathy vote of any future encounter with a hostile playground bully. ‘Don’t pick on me’, the BBC seems to be saying, ‘I’ve already sawn off my own legs just to save you the trouble’.