Saw a post on The American Expatriate which mentions a VERY significant event in the UK.
The television licence fee has been reclassified as a tax, because the licence fee is a compulsory payment which is not paid solely for access to BBC services. Previously, the licence fee had been classified as a service charge. This reclassification means that the BBC will move from the public non-financial corporations sub-sector to the central government sector, effectively moving from one part of the public sector to another.
Where the money that we currently call the license fee goes is of no importance in this. What IS important is that what used to be called an “independent” BBC can no longer be called that. The BBC is now directly funded by the goverment of the day. That is a fundamental change isn’t it ?
But it’s not just the BBC according the National Statistics Online
S4C receives most of its income from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and has therefore been reclassified to the central government sector.
All the above adds up to “We pay for it so it belong it us” or to put it another way “Our toys, Our rules.”
They have no implications for the independence of these broadcasters.
Excuse me while I say something … Bollocks.
Why is this not different to the “state-run Chinese TV” ? Or the “Hussein influenced Iraqi TV” ? One of main sources of television is now openly under state control – a state currently run by Tony “Iraq ? Where’s that then ?” Blair. Isn’t this important ? I can see why the BBC aren’t going to say a damn thing about this – but I hope the newspapers rip into it. The fact that it may have already been happening is no issue – the fact that it is brazenly now going to happen IS. After all, someone somewhere said “Bring it in”. Who ?