BBC RIDDLED WITH A LEFT BIAS THAT IS SECOND ONLY TO OUR ABC's
... but ours costs more
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Even the loyal “Friends of the ABC” would admit to the outrageous Left bias displayed by the public broadcaster... perhaps not, but they would have to admit to the fact that changes must be made, as they are about to be made to the BBC, now that the Brits have decided to leave the EU.
Obscenities in governance between the ABC and the BBC are similar with salaries reaching millions padded with head-spinning extras not available to the funding taxpayer.
The appointment of anchor Duncan Weldon (above) is the equivalent of sticking two fingers up at those who are concerned about the BBC’s Left-wing bias, says Tory MP Angie Bray
The BBC’s unwavering support of the “Stay” vote during the roughhouse Brexit referendum is amply explained by the massive grants supplied to the Pommy broadcaster by the European Union and the loans given to it on extremely generous terms by the European Investment Bank.
Of course the BBC was desperate to stay in the Union, as is the ABC desperate to elect and support a Labor Government.
Australia’s ABC is simply a blatant taxpayer rip-off that seems to be surviving because conservative politicians have become terrified of the perceived damage the ABC can do to them.
Witness Tony Abbott’s feather touch to its $1.2 billion grant... a mere one per cent per year reduction for five years! Even that was abruptly reversed by “Friends of the ABC’s” number one ticket holder, Malcolm Turnbull, as soon as he had knifed Abbott.
Every Government-funded agency and institution must eventually become infected with the worst of Left Green activists. They all do... there is nowhere else for them to go en masse. Free to air and cable TV will only employ the usual token Muslim, Aborigine, homosexual and an abundance of cosmetically challenged women’s rights activists, but nowhere near what the ABC is freely able to employ.
And then they delight in thumbing their noses at the masses who aren’t actually watching.
Failing newspapers have now installed pay walls where people who want to read stuff in the Fairfax and other tabloids need to cough up a subscription. So why isn’t the ABC made to justify its sad existence in the same way?
Well because, like for the newspapers, it doesn’t bloody work, very few people want to pay for news that’s available, for free, right here on your laptop monitor. Pickeringpost readers, posters and contributors provide all the local news I need and everything I need to know internationally. For everything else there’s Google.
The BBC is funded by public Licence Fees, as our ABC once was, and Pommy licensees paid over £3 million in fees in the latest financial year making the BBC the second most extensive and best-funded Public Service Broadcaster in the world. The first being our "wonderful" ABC by a fair way.
The Independent’s Steve Topple said recently, “I say fuck it. Let Cameron flog Aunty for all she’s worth to Murdoch. At least then we could effectively counter the bias – and not be drowned out by the wails of people harping back to a bygone era of 'Our Wonderful National (BBC) Treasure' that no-longer exists.”
Why should the ABC be permitted a favoured position in the Australian media marketplace where others are fast going broke. Why should the ABC be able to drag viewers from free to air and cable networks that could convert the extra viewers into advertising dollars? After all, the ABC sees itself as competing for its share of viewers!
I mean if the ABC’s “The Gruen” outrates “The Block” on any one night, it is headline ABC news the following evening. So don’t tell me they don’t compete for market share, and in the most unfair way imaginable.
On-selling its productions, and marketing of ABC products through its Australia-wide ABC shops is further substantial income that has no effect on its yearly grants. The Brits have borne a BBC behemoth that Australia has copied and increased with twice the public pain.
Disc jockey "Adriana" plays varied music via America's PBS
The only United States public broadcaster (PBS) provides its member stations with programming in cultural, educational, and scientific areas, in children’s fare, and in news and public affairs but it does not produce programs; the programs are produced by the independent member stations and producers themselves along with other program producers world-wide.
This may be the answer to our ABC where all other TV and radio networks would be obliged to contribute educative and other programs to a central broadcaster, this could usurp the under-used network of expensive and excessive ABC facilities. Its radio networks could service outlying areas using existing programs
Only the distributor itself would then be answerable to any accusations of bias and the $1.2 billion yearly ABC grants could be spent on submarines and pensioners.
The SBS should be thrown in the mix as well, as it has become a culturally divisive soccer and late night porno channel with a Labor/Green news and current affairs bias even more blatant than the ABC's.
Give me a week and the FTA and cable neworks would readily agree to this solution.
Talk of selling the ABC and SBS is a furphy. The existing market could not sustain another commercial station.
My preference would be to require the ABC/SBS networks to live off subscriptions as do the newspapers with their pay walls. If you want to watch the odd good program amid the mountains of global warming and transgender garbage then you can voluntarily subscribe to it.
That voluntary subscription system would guarantee overnight insolvency for both of Australia’s public broadcasters.