Posts Tagged “bbc licence fee”

Liberal Hero of the Week #63: Andrew Bridgen

by Stephen Tall on March 22, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Andrew Bridgen Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire Reason: for campaigning successfully to decriminalise non-payment of the BBC licence fee. In 2012, 181,880 people were prosecuted for not paying the BBC licence […]

Journalism in a digital age (and the curious case of The Guardian disliking paywalls but liking the licence fee)

by Stephen Tall on October 10, 2013

Two fascinating articles published this week about the future of journalism in a digital age. First, the FT editor Lionel Barber explains the paper’s move not simply to a digital-first strategy, but in fact a digital-mainly strategy: … the 1970s-style newspaper publishing (…)

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Guido the Libertarian? Not so much.

by Stephen Tall on April 11, 2013

Paul Staines’ Guido Fawkes blog is calling for the BBC to self-censor itself by refusing to play the song with a title beloved by juvenile anti-Thatcherites Ding Dong the Witch is Dead from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (the same kind (…)

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Create a stronger BBC: abolish the licence fee

by Stephen Tall on January 19, 2013

As a long-term critic of the BBC licence fee, one of the arguments in its defence which has always annoyed me is when an individual programme is highlighted as ‘worth the fee on its own’. That’s just hyperbollox… though I (…)

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Yes, the BBC licence fee is doomed. The interesting question is what happens when it’s gone?

by Stephen Tall on November 12, 2012

I first outed myself as opposed to the BBC licence fee six years ago. I still am. But the debate interests me less these days because it’s inevitable the licence fee’s days are numbered: a regressive poll tax to subsidise (…)

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