News flash: Jan’s BBC is in decline
WHEN Jan Leeming was a newsreader in the 1980s, she thought the BBC was the best broadcaster in the world. But her views have rightly changed (Mail). Unfortunately, the brand has lost its shine and she bravely puts her finger on what has gone wrong. It’s obvious that she feels real sadness for the BBC’s decline. It has become complacent, arrogant and condescending, with the news given a Left-leaning bias. It’s time to axe the TV licence and leave the BBC to fund itself through subscription or advertising. If enough people buy its offerings, it will survive.
JERRY SCOTT, Middlewich, Cheshire. I AGREE with everything Jan Leeming says about the BBC, especially as regards to the political bias of the news. TV news is nothing like it was in the past. Rarely do we get world news and instead there is far too much sport and celebrity coverage.
M. HUNNISETT, Uckfield, E. Sussex. FORMER newsreader Jan Leeming’s scathing indictment of the BBC will have struck a chord with millions who are disgusted at its descent into political correctness and antiBritish mediocrity.
GEORGE SKELLY, Wallasey, Wirral. JAN LEEMING says she will not be renewing her TV licence, but why is this news if, as she says, she hardly watches terrestrial TV? She says she is not interested in reality programmes, yet she was a contestant in 2006 on I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here! and has appeared on Celebrity First Dates and The Real Marigold Hotel and its spin-offs. She worked at the BBC, so must have realised that the TV licence paid her salary. Does she resent the current crop of newsreaders who have celebrity status and salaries to match? I am happy to pay the TV licence fee and object to it being used as a welfare benefit.
J. SCOTT, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs. JAN LEEMING is spot on when she says the BBC spends its income on the wrong things: making stars of overpaid newsreaders and not providing quality programmes.
A. CHRISTY, Wrexham, Clwyd.