The BBC is smug, wasteful and unfair says Jeremy Paxman

James Delingpole examines Jeremy Paxman’s belief that the BBC is?smug, wasteful and unfair.

The BBC is a smug and wasteful “closed corporate culture” whose special, licence-fee-subsidised status “hugely distorts the marketplace.”

Well we knew all this already of course but it’s interesting to hear it from the mouth of one of the BBC’s starriest presenters, Jeremy Paxman.

Interviewed in the?Guardian, he talks about his love-hate relationship with his employer.

?It is smug. I love the BBC in many ways, but at the same time it has made me loathe aspects of it, and that?s a very odd state of affairs. When I see people being given ?1m merely for walking out of the door, when I see ?100m being blown on that DMI [digital media initiative] thing, a stupid technical initiative like that, I start wondering: how much longer are we going to test the public?s patience??

He goes on:

There?s no argument that the BBC distorts the marketplace in online [news]. Hugely distorts the marketplace. And one understands of course that the Mail and the Murdoch empire dislike a commercial rival which they are obliged to compete with on unfair terms. And I don?t think that has been really sufficiently grasped at a senior level. It just happened, in the same way as has the proliferation of extra television channels, the proliferation of extra radio channels ? and, going further back, the move into local radio. These things just happened because the BBC is institutionally unable to countenance something without wanting to have it for itself ? I don?t tar Tony [Hall] with this because he hasn?t been there long enough, but the great smell that comes off those pay-off scandals ? and I think they are scandals ? is of an organisation which became complacent, preoccupied with the conditions of its senior staff, at the expense of a strategic vision.?

All quite true, of course, but I still think he’s ducking the issue of what is really wrong with the BBC which is its rampant, institutionalised left-liberal bias.

Like Paxman?I too love the BBC. Parts of it. Sometimes. The problem for me is that the BBC at its very best – University Challenge, nice programmes about bees, David Dimbleby lending his gravitas to royal weddings and funerals, etc – isn’t quite enough to offset the enormous damage the BBC has done over the years because of its Orwellian grip on Britain’s cultural dialectic.

Do we have a similar problem with Radio NZ and TVNZ? Perhaps…but certainly not on the same scale as the UK with the BBC.

It is easily fixed though.

Like Paxman I have a soft spot for the BBC. Unlike Paxman, nothing would give me greater pleasure than to see the BBC broken up and subjected to the rigour of the market. Especially if the buyers were its arch-enemies Rupert Murdoch and Lord Rothermere and the BBC’s liberal-left staffers were paraded in chains down Portland Place in the manner of captured Gauls through Rome. Now that would be what I call entertainment!

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