Posts Tagged “bbc”

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 […]

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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‘How is it that MPs who think they are the voice of the people always make the people sound so boorish?’

by Stephen Tall on November 28, 2012

As I tweeted last night: Chris Patten pwns Philip Davies here RT @gdnpolitics: A duel of two Tories turns on Patten put-down for a pit bull bit.ly/TkjXf9 — Stephen Tall (@stephentall) November 27, 2012 Simon Hoggart’s sketch — which is (…)

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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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Entwistle quits BBC: what next?

by Stephen Tall on November 11, 2012

Another week, another day’s news headlines dominated by the media talking about itself… though this time with some legitimacy, as it’s not every day the Director-General of the BBC resigns within two months of being appointed to the post. George Entwistle and the BBC’s Catch-22 problem The BBC Director-General is editor-in-chief of the organisation, ultimately [...]

Rowan Atkinson’s ‘creative freedom’ fallacy… Because James Bond and Countryfile aren’t actually the same thing

by Stephen Tall on February 22, 2012

The Guardian reports today: The BBC should have been free to drop Miriam O’Reilly from Countryfile without attracting any accusations of age discrimination, according to comedian Rowan Atkinson, in a controversial intervention into the debate about the lack of older (…)

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BBC’s Jon Sopel’s homage to The Day Today

by Stephen Tall on July 9, 2010

If you’ve caught even a minute of the BBC News Channel’s tawdry tabloid coverage of the police’s hunt for Raoul Moat, you may have noticed the striking resemblance to The Day Today – broadcast an astonishing 16 years ago, and (…)

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In praise of Rev

by Stephen Tall on July 4, 2010

If you missed this week’s first episode of Rev, BBC2′s new Dibley With Attitude sit-com, I suggest you catch up prompt via Auntie’s blessed iPlayer. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea … there’s no laugh-track (how very modishly cinema (…)

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Memo to the media: Clegg was first on Labour’s stealth tax, as Tories play catch-up

by Stephen Tall on March 25, 2010

Excuse me, while I discard my customery mode of politness, and begin to vent …
[vent] What is it with the media, and their inability to report the Lib Dems or our policies or statements?
The political news this morning has been dominated by a ‘Stealth tax’ dispute … PoliticsHome informs us that, ‘The Conservatives have [...]



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