Damned if they do and damned if they don't

We are always being told by those who hate the BBC that the corporation should act like other commercial companies in the real world. So why is it when the BBC does this it is attacked for it ?

The BBC has very successfully expanded BBC worldwide in to a profitable business which provides income to the BBC. Yet a parliamentary committee feels that the BBC should be forced to dilute its stake in the business which sell BBC shows and intellectual property to another company. Why ? Apparently to allow the BBC to make more money from the venture. This would not be so laughable were it not for the fact that the BBC has been criticised for growing Worldwide too quickly and aggressively.

The fact is that there are many people who will seek to criticise the BBC whenever it is successful because they so hate to see the BBC do anything well. I am not saying the BBC is perfect, far from it, but when it generates income which could be used to reduce the license fee then making it sell off these profitable parts serves no purpose other than to ensure that the BBC stands a better chance of failing. And that is what these people want at the end of the day.


Mark Valladares said...


I'm confused. The committee is in favour of the expansion of BBC Worldwide, and merely suggested that by issuing share capital, it can raise the funds needed to do so. At least, that's what I read into the story.

Bigger cake, bigger slices. Besides, isn't that how most companies expand? I'm not convinced that, in the current climate, the BBC could raise the funds to expand otherwise.

English Pensioner said...

Even I could expand a business worldwide if I had the huge sums of money at my disposal from a compulsory tax on those who don't even use my product. The clever people are those who manage to expand world wide and have to watch every penny!

Anonymous said...

Which would then reduce the license fee and make the BBC more self funding.