BBC plans to spend the over-75 licence fee on more ‘young fee-payer-losing content’

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The BBC has found itself in something of a steep decline. With more and more good TV being made (and less and less of it on the Beeb), many people are cancelling their licence fees. This means the BBC is forced to go after the people who are least likely to have a Netflix account – the over-75s.


The BBC has previously been accused of ageism. Against the young. Largely because it creates programmes that:

  1. Don’t really appeal to young people.
  2. Actively normalise and protect a model of society that makes young people’s lives worse.

By going after the elderly – many of whom have it tough enough already – it’s now being accused of ageism in the other direction. A BBC spokesperson explained:

It’s a shame, but no one else is willing to pay for this shit.

When asked why the BBC doesn’t just make programming that appeals to people who weren’t old enough to benefit from the Great 1980s Housing Sell-Off, the spokesperson explained:

Because we’re very, very bad at what we do.

Natural selection

The BBC is stuck between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, it can’t make television that really challenges power structures in the UK – largely because it’s in bed with said power structures. On the other hand, its failure to move with the times is making a lot of young people ask:

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    1. The BBC should be willing to challenge power structures irrespective of who funds it.

      Now by not keeping to its word when, I feel, they made a mistake to agree to undertake the responsibility for administering the TV Licence programme, they are not only not enaging with the young, but are now causing rifts with their current base, the elderly.

      Their timing is really off, only a few days after when they did tremendous coverage of the Dunkirk celebrations. But are they trying to cash into the Conservative Leader elections.

      The BBC seem to run from one problem to another, but the main reason for losing TV Licence fees is because they are extremely dated in their image and programming. Also their ability to control expenses in non-existent as they appear to spend as though money is abundant, as theor decisions are often wasteful and they are too top heany on high paid management, which is outdated in their thought processes.

      Like the major stores on the High Street like Boots and M&S they feel they need to cover all bases, which their funding is not sufficient for.

      The retail sector are having to trim their business to areas making profit an they can not afford loss leaders and this should be the same for the BBC. They are either competing in a very competitive media industry in which thy need to work within their funding or be selective.

      To alienate their possible main base is, in fact, industrial suicide.

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