Licence fee needs re-thinking COMMENT
MOST families will be looking forward to settling down to watch the box this Christmas, but might be disappointed to find that they’ve seen it all before.
No one minds a re-run of a classic film or an episode of Only Fools And Horses, but when there is so little original content at this time of year, licence fee payers might be feeling a bit short-changed over the festive period.
With so much choice at our fingertips, it stands to reason that families will switch over and watch something else on the many streaming platforms available.
There has never been such a vast selection of TV choices for those seeking a bit of festive entertainment and all at a time of our choosing.
The BBC still makes excellent programmes. Anyone watching David Attenborough’s latest Sunday night offering will attest to that.
But given the high cost of a licence, fee payers might expect the Christmas schedule to be chock-a-block with new and exciting programmes.
Unfortunately not – and it underlines an existential problem with the licence fee itself.
It’s clear that the BBC must reform its fee model to survive into the future.
What’s more, the corporation should be investing money in high quality programming that the commercial sector might avoid, instead of trying to compete with their own bigbudget, bells and whistles shows that could easily be made by other stations.
When British families sit down in front of the telly after a slap-up Christmas lunch, they deserve more for their licence fee than a re-run of the programmes they paid for many, many years ago.
The Good Life and Porridge, inset, are among the Christmas repeats