BBC is a ‘na­tional in­sti­tu­tion’; Net­flix isn’t

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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.

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