First of all, a TV Licence provides you with legality to watch any broadcast content, regardless of whether that broadcast is by the BBC, Sky, A&E, or Viacom, you need a licence. Something unique about our licence though is that it provides commercial-less award winning TV, and in order to save £100million that we give them, the BBC is deciding to axe its most popular channel with licence fee payers.
Lets first note the financial side. Axing BBC Three will save £89million a year, but the new plans include content just being moved online, so not much of a saving, but its quite obvious what is happening.
Over the last few years, Downing Street has forced the BBC to pick up the bill for the BBC World Service. Basically you are paying for a service you cannot legally watch in the UK. They also have to pay £50 million a year to help roll out Broadband to rural area. Surely BT or Virgin Media should be the ones funding this as they will be the ones profiting from these for years to come. Ill also note its the TV License, not the lets deliver broadband to people who might not even want it licence.
Now lets look forward a few years, the BBC Three audience will be the ones who have to pay the licence and all those who don’t watch it will be getting it free anyway, so the BBC misses out both ways here.
As a licence holder, I expect to be paying for TV service, and seen as you don’t need a licence for the BBC iPlayer, why is my money funding people watching for free?
Now lets just also sum up viewing habits here, over the next week, I have something set up to record on BBC Three 5 nights out of 7, so basically I am watching more new content than most channels can churn. ITV barely has a steady and controlled audience (that being a group of people who have something they want to watch on that channel every night of the week), in fact even BBC Two struggles to get that. The only other channels that get that is Netflix, and thats only because people use it as their primary entertainment source.
Now this axing also has an effect on commercial broadcasters. Remove the 16-25 age bracket from watching TV (of which a majority watch BBC Three every night) and they are then not watching E4, ITV2, Sky 1, MTV etc. meaning those channels will loose viewers and in turn loose ad revenue.
The other thing is that comedy will not have a home anymore. Celebrity Juice and The Midnight Beast are funny, but they are not true British comedy, they are not something you would show a non-brit to show off the amazing comedic talent we have in this country. Gavin and Stacey, The Mighty Boosh and Little Britain are, and to prove that, 60% of BBC Three homegrown programming is remade or rebroadcast in America.
So come on BBC, Lord Hall, and every other overpaid executive at the corporation., dont be a dick.