Channel 4 Mulls Merger Or Bust?

TV broadcaster Channel 4 (UK) have been rumoured to be in financial trouble for some time. Currently they are are a public service broadcaster who fund themselves despite being publicly owned unlike the BBC which is funded by the annual license fee. The department of culture, media and sport has denied that an upcoming  ‘Digital…

Turkeys Must Be Free To Vote For Xmas?

Image via Wikipedia I am both greatly amused whilst being equally heavy hearted at the usual lemming like outcry from many of the well indoctrinated inhabitants of these British Isles over the news that Europe has voted to remove Britain’s opt out concerning the EU 48 hour week working time directive. Gobble Gobble The BBC’s…

Markets Marked Down

It’s been interesting to watch the whole Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac business in America become perhaps an example of losing trust in ‘the market’ and the belief that ‘the market’ will always be able to self manage. As a republican government who would traditionally espouse small government exercising few regulatory controls and a free…

Not A Nation Of Wombles

I managed to catch up with last night’s BBC Panorama programme which featured author Bill Bryson examining the shocking state of litter in this country. It’s one of those sobering examinations which probably needs someone like Bill Bryson, an American who clearly has a soft spot for this island and who desperately wants to do…

Throw Another Scapegoat On The Fire

Torturing myself reading the BBC’s ‘Have your Say’ is my equivalent of picking at an open wound but it’s a self imposed reality check that reminds me that an awful lot of people have some very dubious different viewpoints. This one is an exception in a sea of frankly worrying retrograde drivel. The question, in…

Freesat PVR Ghost Ship In The Night

It’s not been long since the official launch of Freesat and take up in this short period has been good, statistically outstripping any ongoing Freeview purchases though it could be argued that most of the major take-up for Freeview has already happened with only the minority still using existing analogue broadcast signals prior to the…

Kissing Neutrality Goodbye

As someone who has their brains picked for technical computer solutions I cannot tell you how many times fully grown adults ask me how they get to download music via the Internet. I take them through the usual options of purchasing via iTunes, emusic, napster etc but am often met with an irritated response in…