BBC ‘would be bankrupt’ with subscription fee says Galloway
George Galloway has claimed that the BBC would become “bankrupt within a month” if forced to adopt a subscription model for funding. Speaking on RT, the former MP said: “The BBC is no longer speaking for Britain.” Mr Galloway said that that the corporation’s days “were numbered” and added that he longed for a time where the BBC was forced to compete “properly in the market.” But he insisted that the broadcaster would not fare well were the TV licence funding framework scrapped.
Mr Galloway blasted the BBC comedy programming as “drivel” in a furious rant against the TV licence fee.
He said: “It is speaking to Britain at our expense and we go to prison if we don’t pay for them to lie to us.
“I think not only are its days numbered, it cannot come quickly enough for me.
“That we see the BBC having to compete properly in the market.”
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He continued: “I tell you something if you put BBC comedy out to subscription, it would be bankrupt in a month
“Nobody in their right mind would pay money to listen to that drivel.”
The remarks come as it was revealed a majority of the public no longer want to pay the BBC licence fee and the impartiality of the broadcaster is in grave doubt, according to exclusive research.
Polling found that well over half (56 percent) of respondents would support getting rid of the licence fee and having the BBC switch to a subscription-based model.
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Fewer than one in five people (19 percent) were opposed to scrapping the licence fee, which now costs £157.50 a year. The findings have triggered new calls for the licence fee to be axed.
The polling of 1,700 people by Redfield & Wilton Strategies also reveals the widespread belief that the BBC has failed to be unbiased in its reporting.
Almost half of the people (47 percent) said the BBC has failed to be impartial in its news coverage in recent years, while fewer than three out of 10 (28 percent) thought it had succeeded.
The survey also uncovered strong support for a new news channel to provide an alternative to the BBC. A third of respondents (33 percent) agreed with the statement: “The BBC is not impartial and balanced, and there is a need for another news channel to offer a different perspective.”
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The findings come as former BBC political presenter Andrew Neil prepares to launch GB News, a television channel which is planning to broadcast for 6,500 hours a year.
Support for a new channel is not limited to critics of the BBC. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of people who said the BBC was impartial and unbiased agreed Britain needed a new source of television news.
The hostility to the licence fee and the erosion of trust in the BBC’s news coverage will make sobering reading for the new director-general of the BBC, Tim Davie. He has said he is prepared to fire staff who breach social media guidelines on impartiality.
A source at the Government’s department for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) said that “impartiality across output is a major challenge for the BBC,” adding:” The digital secretary has set that out repeatedly, and the new DG and chair have both recognised it is an issue needing their attention.”
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