We asked, if the BBC was a streaming service, would it be good value for money?
Everyone loves a good bit of BBC bashing. Well, I say everyone. I mean ‘people with media empires’. But they’re by far the most important people. That’s what my newspaper says anyway.
Anti-BBC feeling is stronger than ever these days, not least because John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for culture, media, sport, leisure, board games and whatever else has been swept up into that department, has said the license fee is “worse than a poll tax”, and unsustainable in its current form. And sure, paying £145.50 a year for the privilege of owning a television, whether you watch Strictly Come Dancing or not, does seem pretty steep to a lot of people.
Now, there are plenty of reasons to hate the license fee. Comically aggressive letters threatening to steal your TV is one. The Voice is another. But is value for money really one of them?
To find out, we’re going to drag the BBC into the modern world, by holding up the old-fashioned premise of the license fee (pay annual subscription, get ad-free TV content) to the dangerous, sexy, game-changing models of Netflix and its ilk. (Pay monthly subscription. Get ad-free TV content).
In the world of paid-for content, is the BBC overpriced?