Dividing the BBC would end the kind of disgraceful performance by the state broadcasting service that occurred yesterday. A First Division BBC could provide official announcements, coverage of state events, an unvarnished news service both in the UK and abroad, party political broadcasts, election results, and the various kinds of public information best diffused nationally.
A Second Division BBC could provide entertainment of whatever quality or level. It could also cover everything dealt with by the First Division BBC if it liked, in any manner it chose.
Neither Division would be funded by licence fee. The First Division BBC would be funded out of general taxation and from a levy on the Second Division, and any other commercial channels. The Second Division BBC would be paid for in the same way as all the others, by subscription and advertisements.
The arts are already amply funded by various government bodies like the Arts Council and there are many charitable sources of funding available to be tapped. As for the rest of it, the chat shows, the light entertainment (I'm unsure where to put the quotation marks round those last two words), the drama, the Proms, they'll just have to fight their corner.
What we can end is broadcasting drivel and the politically incorrect warping of events in the world all given status by being under the same roof and brand name. The BBC does have a brand and a status and its theft by unrepresentative warriors in the culture wars is overwhelmingly portrayed as unacceptable in today's media.
The BBC have announced that they are proud of yesterday's coverage of events on the Thames.
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