Mark Littlewood writes for The Times
With the possible exception of big sporting occasions and royal weddings, so-called “event television” now feels largely like a thing of the past. Even if your friends and colleagues have watched the same output, it’s unlikely they’ve done so at the same time.
The BBC’s funding model relies on levying a compulsory flat fee on the ownership of a television set with the threat of criminal prosecution for non-payment. This is increasingly hard to justify in the new world of pay-as-you-watch or subscription television. The oddity is not that the £150 a year is a rip-off (I’d be willing to pay such a fee for Doctor Who alone), but that it is leaving the corporation behind in the increasingly competitive world of high-end television production.
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