ONLY 14C A DAY FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF STOMACHING THE ABC?
...okay, so let them charge us, just like Sky Channel does
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.
But we aren't forced to pay for Fox’s Sky. In an unusual democratic arrangement we have a choice. And considering that Fox is now wall-to-wall ads, many have given up on the bloody thing and are returning to the struggling free-to-air channels. Fox has even set up a special phone line to talk you out of cancelling your subscription.
We used to be able to skip the incessant Fox ads by deftly remoting our way around them, but now we are even prevented from doing that with their synchronised banks of ads on each channel in the same time slots.
Not bad eh, seeing we originally installed Fox specifically to escape the bloody free to air ads.
But we do have a choice whether or not to pay for the privilege of sustaining the endless insurance ads on Fox. (BTW, there is something dodgy going on in the insurance industry.) Give Fox a call and tell them you’ve had enough! They will politely shift you to a section that will do a deal with you to stay with them.
Again you will have the democratic choice to accept their deal or not. I did, but I don’t accept the deal offered by the ABC simply because there is no deal. You must undemocratically pay your share of the $1.2 billion they demand even if, like me, you never switch to the damned channel.
So, like the BBC, there is public discontent, even uproar, over this undemocratic Marxist broadcaster. Abbott was only prepared to shadow box a channel that has such unabashed bias that it appeals only to Labor’s hard Left and university communist clubs.
There will be no fix from the number one ticket holder of the rapidly dying “Friends of the ABC”, Malcolm Turnbull. I mean he has even lifted the miniscule financial restriction imposed by a fearfully tentative Abbott and has given his ministry free run of the ABC’s green rooms.
Okay, let's force the ABC to collect its 14 cents a day from all those “Friends of the ABC”?
They should be thrilled to join up so they can applaud programs like the dangerously dishonest Four Corners, unbalanced Q&A and dodgy newscasts that only project a hard Left, deceitful and misleading view of the world.
Now that seems very fair and it will put the ABC in a position where it must fairly compete with all other news and current affairs providers for a share of the available audience.
Crumbs it’s only maybe 30 or 40 bucks a household each month, similar to Fox’s Sky and then there can be an accurate assessment of the ABC’s commercial appeal, where appeal dictates advertising revenue.
And let them advertise their little hearts away!
The UN’s global warming IPCC would pay up, along with the Saudis and Qatar, Fairfax and the Guardian on-line, even Gillian Triggs would want to find people with hurt feelings willing to complain to her Commission. There would be a spot for halal certification and Islamic IEDs along with the Clinton Foundation and burkahs.
With Kevin Rudd employed as Advertising Manager, the A League soccer mob would advertise deals on flares and dwindling ticket sales and there would be room for vegan recipe books and Marxist philosophy publishers along with discounted Mabo T shirts, and the Gillard Appreciation Society.
Actually I agree with you... this is the most stupid suggestion I have ever made, because the ABC wouldn’t collect enough subscriptions to pay for one bog roll in their gender neutral toilet.
The truth is that without a free $1.2 billion from struggling taxpayers the ABC immediately dies!
And WTF is wrong with that?