The #BBC, #HSBC & the Royal Charter – expect peak bias

Steve Topple at his best. BBC

Mr Topple

2016 marks 80 years since the BBC’s first Royal Charter expired – and the issues surrounding its decadal renewal in 9 months are as tempestuous as they have ever been.

The news Monday that “Auntie” will be campaigning for the over-75’s to voluntarily give up their free licence, in a bid by the organisation to rake back some of the £700 million it will incur in costs by 2020 (after the Government forced it to suck-up the expense of said licence), is symptomatic of an organisation in that is far-removed from its perceived glory days as a bastion of public service.

This uncomfortably cynical move by the organisation (knowing full well that the generation it’s targeting is undoubtedly likely to be more sympathetic to its woes) epitomises an organisation that is now more concerned for its own survival than one that should be putting its duty to the public first.

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