Britain falls out of love with the BBC

The British Broadcasting Corporation, long-heralded as one of the UK's finest institutions, has experienced a major decline in recent years, as mirrored by public opinion

by The Commentator on 10 July 2013 14:57


A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times has revealed that Britain is swiftly falling out of love with its public-funded broadcaster, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Mired in scandal as of late, the BBC's reputation has taken somewhat of a beating on both the domestic and international stages, and in an environment where the corporation is expected to slash its astronomical budget of nearly £4bn in 2011/12. 

As reported by Guido Fawkes, a poll of 1660 adults quizzed in early July this year told pollsters that they were widely of the belief that BBC programming has declined in quality over the past 10 years. Thirty-six percent of respondents said that BBC programming had gotten worse, while only 23 percent thought it had improved. 

When asked about the licence fee, Britain's mandatory tax on television ownership which props up the BBC, responses were again mostly negative, with 48 percent claiming the £145.50 annual charge does not offer good value for money, while 43 percent believe it does.

An overwhelming 72 percent of all respondents believe that BBC bosses are paid too much, perhaps fallout from the latest story about BBC payouts, which amounted to £25m of public money over recent years. The same applied for BBC talent, with 70 percent of people thinking that BBC stars are paid over the odds.

Worryingly for the BBC, which has always prided itself on what it claims was its representative, unbiased delivery of news and programming to the British public, it seems that the majority of Brits believe that the organisation should be more transparent - a trait that is often absent from the BBC's work as the corporation exempts itself from many Freedom of Information requests.

Following the recent report by the National Audit Office which found some former senior BBC staff received pay offs larger than they should have, 69 percent of respondents said that they believe that the police should investigate whether there was any actual criminial wrongdoing.

The results can be viewed on the charts below: 

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