Lets be clear before we start. The Daily Mail's long term goal, along with many of their Tory allies, is to see the BBC become a commercial broadcaster, or better still, to be so restrained and neutralised that it can no longer be the force in broadcasting that it is.
The main reason for the Tory/Daily Mail obsessions comes down to that old problem that capitalist obsessives have. If it does not make a profit, if it does not have shares and shareholders then they don't like it. Never mind the quality, forget that the BBC lays down a standard by which other broadcasters judge themselves, indeed ignore the fact that the rest of the world looks to the BBC as an example, in basic terms it does not produce dividends so the capitalist right wing loathe it.
Now the best way for the BBC to justify its existence is to ensure that they have high viewing figures, popular shows, relevant content, and hit shows. In order to do this the BBC needs to invest lots of money in facilities, creative people and top presenters. But this is where the problems start. If the BBC pays too much for top stars, they are criticised by the Tories/Daily Mail. But as soon as the BBC fails to have top shows, lacks the stars to get viewers watching you know that the Daily Mail will be the very first to jump in and demand the axing of the licence fee because the BBC no longer has any top stars that anyone wants to watch.
And what would happen if Tory plans are introduced to clip the wings of the BBC ? Would we be better off ? I pay £50 a month to SKY tv, yet my BBC license fee costs me less than three months of what I pay to SKY. Which one would I be prepared to cut back on ? Not the BBC, I can tell you. But if the BBC is cut back, if its ability to launch services like Freesat and Freeview and a whole raft of digital TV and radio channels is reduced then more people will have to turn to SKY. Will we be better off for possibly cutting £20 off our license fee ? Of course not. The only winner will be Rupert Murdoch, a media baron that the Tories are desperate to get back onside. Does it all start to make sense now ?
The sad thing is that some will never realise how good the BBC is until it is ruined, broken or gone, and then it will be too late. But don't worry, we'll have 57 channels showing US TV shows and another 13 showing "animals do the funniest things".