Tory MPs rally to defend BBC local radio as Downing Street hawks consider replacing the licence fee with a subscription service

Posted By on 17th February 2020

By Julia Penhaligon Broadcasting services such as BBC Radio Cornwall and Spotlight television might become “subscription-only” if Downing Street succeeds with its plan to scrap the BBC licence fee. Government…


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  1. I find that BBC local radio is condescending to the listener. I am treated as an imbecilic moron (perhaps I am!). Now, I only use it for updates when something extraordinary occurs in the local area, such as floods, major accidents, etc. when it can be very useful and informative. BBC Local Democracy appears to fit this gap. Everything else is available on other wavebands on DAB radio and, in particular, the Internet. The MPs support for the BBC reminds me of a TV satirical sketch made years ago (possibly by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore?) wherein, purporting to be licence fee payers, they satirically expound the excellencies of the BBC through Points of View.

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