BBC is a ‘national institution’; Netflix isn’t
Does Martin Cartwell know something we don’t (Letters, Issue 513)? He seems oddly certain that the BBC will soon be stripped of the TV Licence because it’s irrelevant in the era of TV streaming. Like Mr Cartwell, I think a lot about the BBC’S future, but have come to a different conclusion. What he’s not acknowledging is that the BBC is a national institution in a way that Netflix, Youtube and others could never be. The BBC represents the UK around the world, and shouldn’t be seen simply as just another TV service. Just think of all the great shows and people the BBC has given us. It needs to bury itself further into the fabric of British society, and position itself as the opposite of Tv-streaming services that offer drama and films, but nothing that benefits the greater good. The BBC is a cherished service. Netflix and their ilk are faceless companies who may make good TV, but aren’t loved in the same way.