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BBC must cut zillions from budget as revenues decline

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The BBC has been told to slash spending.

The Corporation must cut at least thirty five million from its live sports budget.

This has led to widespread fears that Lee McKenzie will disappear forever from our screens, as the Formula One rights alone are a whopping twenty mil. Channel Four will also face the axe.

Moreover, the Government no longer wishes to subsidise the license fees of old age pensioners, who have a nasty, entitlement skewed, free bus pass mentality.

A significant number of old age pensioners watch Formula One.

Much of the BBC's fall in revenues can be attributed to unpatriotic youths who either watch TV online, without a license, or not at all.

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From wikipedia


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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC


According to the BBC's 2013/14 Annual Report, its total income was £5 billion (£5,066.0 million),[1] which can be broken down as follows:

£3,726.1 million in licence fees collected from householders;
£1,023.2 million from the BBC's Commercial Businesses;
£244.6 million from government grants, of which £238.5 million is from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the BBC World Service;
£72.1 million from other income, such as rental collections and royalties from overseas broadcasts of programming.

It seems that they operate on the same principle as UK councils - and other similar UK bureaucracies.

The huge management wages, expenses and pensions etc will be protected at all costs but popular stuff will be cut (or useful stuff in the case of councils).

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Much of the BBC's fall in revenues can be attributed to unpatriotic youths who either watch TV online, without a license, or not at all.

So they will have to make the licence compulsory the scare mongering of having to cut the red button service and the like is nothing more than preparing the ground for compulsory licencing for all whether you watch live tv or no,t just call it TV TAX

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In the future the BBC screen will probably just be a test card saying thanks for your contributions to our salaries, expenses and pensions. People won't spend too much time watching it though, as they will be too busy sewing up their own wounds or emptying their own bins etc.

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So they will have to make the licence compulsory

It already is compulsory and is backed up by hundreds of criminal​prosecutions per day.

To get at the growing minority who are saying that they do not watch 'live' TV programming they will either have to bring in a new household tax (which will make the old poll tax riots look like a picnic) or include it in a 'broadband tax'. If this happens I will gladly pack in my broadband connection. I have been on the internet since the days of Madchester and I am growing sick and tired of it.

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It already is compulsory and is backed up by hundreds of criminal​prosecutions per day.

To get at the growing minority who are saying that they do not watch 'live' TV programming they will either have to bring in a new household tax (which will make the old poll tax riots look like a picnic) or include it in a 'broadband tax'. If this happens I will gladly pack in my broadband connection. I have been on the internet since the days of Madchester and I am growing sick and tired of it.

I know they're mentioned it before, but how on earth are they supposed to sell that one?

The internet traffic just for iplayer isn't exactly a whopping stake of all internet traffic, so what's it got to do with them?

There's an easy solution; just go pay per view online and encrypt the digital tv signal.

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as an f1 fan it is clear that the sport needs to be free to air or will go the way of boxing and be dead sport. I would rather walk away than pay sky to watch it .

Also f1 as its own finanical crisis brewing. sauber , lotus , force indian , manor all have money problesm of one sort or another. Cars are bare of sponsorship compared to years gone by and this will be even worse if it goes behind a paywall and f1 fans hate the current rules.

BBC lost motogp last year which i use ti watch and now i dont watch it at all.

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as an f1 fan it is clear that the sport needs to be free to air or will go the way of boxing and be dead sport. I would rather walk away than pay sky to watch it .

Also f1 as its own finanical crisis brewing. sauber , lotus , force indian , manor all have money problesm of one sort or another. Cars are bare of sponsorship compared to years gone by and this will be even worse if it goes behind a paywall and f1 fans hate the current rules.

BBC lost motogp last year which i use ti watch and now i dont watch it at all.

everything we buy gap been bumped up in price to pay obscene money to sports.

totally sustainable.

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as an f1 fan it is clear that the sport needs to be free to air or will go the way of boxing and be dead sport. I would rather walk away than pay sky to watch it .

Also f1 as its own finanical crisis brewing. sauber , lotus , force indian , manor all have money problesm of one sort or another. Cars are bare of sponsorship compared to years gone by and this will be even worse if it goes behind a paywall and f1 fans hate the current rules.

BBC lost motogp last year which i use ti watch and now i dont watch it at all.

I completely agree.

I'm an F1 fan, and I'd like the Sky F1 channel - but there's no way I'm paying their prices. If it were £10 a month maybe I'd reluctantly pay up to get rid of the awful BBC commentator they've got at the moment - it's terrible and painful to listen to at times, but it's more like £40 as you can't have it on it's own (conveniently for them).

Same with moto GP, luckily I still get it included with my virgin package for now - when that ends its unlikely I'll pay.

I used to follow boxing a bit too - but I've completely lost interest now. Got the mates round for a big fight several times, paid up then listened to about 6 hrs of adverts, waffle, endless build-up that runs 2hrs late for a boring fight that either lasts 10 mins or has most of us asleep by the 3rd round - pointless waste of £20.

It's so short sighted / greedy of these sports, it doesn't BELONG to them - just because Bernie got lucky / paid off / bribed / colluded with / had better lawyers than his competitors to secure some TV rights many years ago does't mean he OWNS F1 for evermore as if it's his own personal scaletrix set. A proper shake up is long overdue, maybe If we all just boycott overpriced overhyped subsription channels it would help bring it about.

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as an f1 fan it is clear that the sport needs to be free to air or will go the way of boxing and be dead sport. I would rather walk away than pay sky to watch it .

Also f1 as its own finanical crisis brewing. sauber , lotus , force indian , manor all have money problesm of one sort or another. Cars are bare of sponsorship compared to years gone by and this will be even worse if it goes behind a paywall and f1 fans hate the current rules.

BBC lost motogp last year which i use ti watch and now i dont watch it at all.

As a watcher of over 25 years, I agree that f1 has serious problems. It has gone far too much up its own ****, and the huge money involved in it has proved cancerous. British gp tix will probably need to be £500 by the time Bernie's escalator contract finishes in 2020.

However - i also still watch it and MotoGP (which i prefer considerably) and am more than happy with the cost of watching both, because the quality of the coverage is so much better on the pay channels. BT and Skys coverage are just superior in every way. The bbc treated motogp like shit. I will say Eurosport did a fantastic job with it for a very low price - that was the best option.

Basically, i am happy to pay to get a proper experience, and think the bbc should just drop it (1/2 races live) now and just take a reduced price highlights package.

By the way you can watch delayed motogp on itv4. You missed a terrific season! Or just pay for the online motogp.com pass, which gives you everything. If you like the sport, i dont think circa 100 quid a year is a big price to pay at all.

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It could work - "We interrupt HUTH to bring you the news"

:lol:

I wonder what the property porn programmes cost in relation to other forms of 'entertainment' ?

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It already is compulsory and is backed up by hundreds of criminal​ ​prosecutions per day.

To get at the growing minority who are saying that they do not watch 'live' TV programming they will either have to bring in a new household tax (which will make the old poll tax riots look like a picnic) or include it in a 'broadband tax'. If this happens I will gladly pack in my broadband connection. I have been on the internet since the days of Madchester and I am growing sick and tired of it.

Nope it`s not ,it`s only compulsory if you use the service ,i think Germany? has a compulsory licence where every house hold must pay whether they use the service or not .

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as an f1 fan it is clear that the sport needs to be free to air or will go the way of boxing and be dead sport.

Viewing figures in the UK and Europe have already cratered recently apparently.

I also think they'll can snooker too. I enjoy watching it but I don't think I'd pay - hopefully ITV4 could pick it up instead.

In terms of the rest of the thread it has already been mooted that the 'iplayer loophole' will be closed. Might just mean compulsory license fee with no opt out.

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Nope it`s not ,it`s only compulsory if you use the service ,i think Germany? has a compulsory licence where every house hold must pay whether they use the service or not .

Not as far as I know but they include a range of devices that need to be licenses including car radios. Swiss is the same, about 500 quid a year for a pile of sh1te.

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re BBC, I am not sure why they want to close BBC4, that is the sort of output the BBC is meant to be for. Why not close all other TV channels?

That's my take too.

Iwatch the odd thing n BBC4.

Kids watch CBBC occsaionally.

All our tv watching has fallend off.

BBC is not competing with ITV, never mind amazon prime and netflix, whihc is the beebs biggest threat.

Porblem is the license is a lot than netflix, which is a lot better.

The beeb has lost eyeballs now.

My kids just do not watch telly like I used to as a kid.

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Viewing figures in the UK and Europe have already cratered recently apparently.

I also think they'll can snooker too. I enjoy watching it but I don't think I'd pay - hopefully ITV4 could pick it up instead.

In terms of the rest of the thread it has already been mooted that the 'iplayer loophole' will be closed. Might just mean compulsory license fee with no opt out.

Well they put the fecking iplayer there without any registration there in the first place. Almost makes me think that was the plan all along.

Just make people have to sign up to use it, loophole closed, but somehow I doubt that'll happen because it's not what they want.

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The beeb had a programme call W1A on. It was a parody of the what they are. The comical thing is that they probably had to water down their largesse. You can't re-watch it on Iplayer like so much of their content.

Its a second home to the left, Virtually all of the staff in news are Labour or ex-Labour. They even had James O'Brien on Newsnight, he's unable to interview anyone who's not from the left without an argument.

They should put all of their content online and run adverts on that. The next generation doesn't really watch TV but Youtube.

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