TODAY the great British public learned where our hard earned license fee money was going… to the fat cat ‘stars’ at the top of the BBC.
The two highest paid men are Chris Evans on £2.5m and Gary Lineker on £1.8m – they earn more than the Prime Minister.
The BBC’s two highest paid women – Claudia Winkleman, who earns £499k a year and The One Shows’ Alex Jones who is raking in £450,000 a year – showing the BBC pays men more than women.
Over at BBC News, the gravy train is full steam ahead – Jeremy Vine is on £750k, News at Ten’s Huw Edwards is on £600k, BBC News at Six newsreader, George Allagiah earns £250k and Radio 4’s Today host – John Humphrys earns £640k.
Now, many say this is the market, this is the going rate – fine, I don’t argue with that, what I do argue with is making the great British public pay £140 a year for a service they may not need or desire, it is becoming harder to justify this ludicrous system.
The BBC’s top journos preach down to the nation complaining about capitalism and greedy bankers – yet they are making the same kind of money. Pot, meet kettle!
Lets put this into perspective, we are FORCED to pay for a man to read the news to us, if we refuse, we are jailed – no, that’s not North Korea, that’s the United Kingdom.
Over in America, all of the main networks such as ABC, NBC and CBS are funded by advertisements, like most broadcasters across the world – this makes their content greater as if it fails – the whole company fails. Where the BBC is concerned, if a programme or project fails – the Government will bail them out, they don’t have to worry about the consequences of failure.
Now, I wouldn’t be so outraged if we payed actual stars staring in the biggest shows on earth, but the BBC stopped making content that was innovative and current a long, long time ago.
Look at the biggest shows in the western world right now… House of Cards, Narcos, Stranger Things, The Crown, Orange is the New Black (NETFLIX) Game of Thrones, VEEP, Westworld – (HBO/Sky Atlantic) What are the BBC’s biggest shows of the past 30 years? Strictly Come Dancing and EastEnders.
I for one wouldn’t complain about three minutes of advertising in the middle of another one of Ian Beales breakdowns if it means I will save £140 a year.
In 2017, where an internet start-up can create bigger and better shows than a world renowned national broadcaster with an endless pot of money, that speaks more than the BBC ever could.
It’s time to end the licence fee – if the BBC wish to pay so-called ‘stars’ £1m a year for overseeing football highlights and Britain’s most hated ginger £2.5m for talking on the radio every morning… That’s fine, just don’t ask me to foot the bill.
Netflix original – House of Cards is one of greatest political drama’s ever made. All 5 seasons are available now.