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I'm a huge fan of the BBC, although I've noticed there's more pandering now. Brexit and everything about it really fucked over the BBC. When large parts of the country complain that they are being ignored by the metropolitan media, the BBC listened and insisted on regional accents fucking everywhere. You can't just announce that we're watching the BBC; now there needs to be a picture of a cup of tea, because that's what you like, isn't it? Nothing too challenging. Nothing too pretentious. If an illiterate 80-year-old who worked as a chimney sweep for 85 years thinks it's too up itself, then it has to go. And on top of this, the Conservative government said they weren't happy with the aggressive journalism and fact-checking from the BBC, so they threatened to stop letting the BBC interview bootlicking ministers whenever a story happened. I would have welcomed this, because the news is meant to challenge those in power; if Boris does something good, we can rest assured he will tell us himself. But the threats worked, somehow, and the BBC lay down supinely to just become a mouthpiece for the establishment, because Ethel from Newcastle-under-Lyme doesn't want to hear what a bunch of absolute charlatans she voted for.
And even then, Boris Johnson had the brazen audacity to make the TV licence free for anyone over 75, which is phenomenally treacherous when the average BBC viewer is in their 60s. It was a deliberate attempt to strangle the BBC, and it worked. They rolled over in every way conceivable, and still Nadine fucking Dorries is trying to phrase this as a brave fightback against the evil enemy. She's trying to privatise Channel 4 as well, the only channel whose news is willing to criticise the government (and that's all it ever does, so I'm impressed it's made it this far to be honest).
Just make the licence fee a tax on TV ownership. Close all the loopholes where you don't have to pay if you only use Netflix and Amazon Prime. Make the decrepit mummies who watch Bargain Hunt and Escape to the Country pay their own way; fuck your freebies. And stop trying to interfere with one of the most iconic brands in the country.
It would be nice if the BBC News at Ten started tonight with, "The government is trying to shut us down so here are all the scandals they're guilty of that we've been too scared to report", but of course that won't happen. Spineless fannies.