Sunday, October 23, 2005

Public service or self-promoter?

Today's BBC preview of the Chelsea v Everton football match advertises the fact that the game will be broadcast live over BBC radio's Five Live. Indeed, the self-promotion comes right under the headline. Unreported, however, is the fact that the game will also be broadcast live on the television by Sky Sports.

Normally, of course, one wouldn't expect a broadcaster to advertise what a competitor is showing. However, given that the BBC explicitly justifies the "license fee" by claiming that the fee frees it from "commericial pressures" and that it acts as a public service provider, why should the BBC be promoting its own radio broadcast of a public interest event while at the same time failing to inform its audience that the very same event will be broadcast live on TV, just because it happens to be broadcast by a different broadcaster?


Blogger Simon Lazarus said...

I lived in England for a year, and for the life of me I cannot understand why the voters just vote out of office any imbecile who says he/she will continue the BBC license fee.

5:17 AM  

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