The cuts announced by the BBC have caused a lot of concern for those employed by the nation’s public service broadcaster. The Licence Fee is a unique way of funding, some argue it to be anachronistic and tax-like in these modern times but it supposedly serves to keep the BBC as a public service broadcaster.
The possibility that the BBC’s local radio stations are under threat from these cuts and a review exercise brings the unpleasant possibility that its excellent coverage of county cricket may fall under the axe. If that happens then I believe that the BBC will have completely lost the right to call itself a public service broadcaster and should lose the Licence Fee completely.
The BBC does a lot wrong. Paying Jonathan Ross obscene amounts of money to make knob gags being one. Not bidding for the rights to show test cricket on television is another. There are things that need to be changed at the BBC. However, it must be said that the BBC does at least a few things right. Its coverage of county cricket on the radio and over the internet is excellent.