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I mean…isn’t it…?
“The BBC is, and always has been, independent. We are funded by the British public through the license fee.”
Next they’ll be telling us that the Australian ABC is a ‘government funded media’ organisation. Come on now Twitter.
Since several commenters clearly didn’t read the article: the BBC is funded with a license fee drawn directly from the public, without being subject to political mandate or tax control. It’s done that way to ensure that politicians (theoretically) can’t influence what they broadcast by threatening to withhold tax funds, for instance.
It’s also another case of a rich man trying to influence public opinion against his perceived enemies by using his outsize wealth, as he’s done several times before.
Twitter is now the Fox News of social media
Why are any institutions using Twitter? Musk is a proven christo-fascist, he doesn’t need support.
The BBC is an independent journalism body that, with its complete innocence and unwavering neutrality, panders entirely to the conservative party.
They even go for the left/right balance but interestingly seem to only go left on social issues and right on economic issues, keeping the rich masters very pleased I’m sure.
To be fair the BBC is now towing the government line compared to earlier years.
https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/378/digital-culture-media-and-sport-committee/news/186148/bbc-chair-made-significant-errors-of-judgement-over-pm-loan-involvement-mps-say/ I note.
‘BBC Chair Richard Sharp made ‘significant errors of judgement’ when failing to declare his role in the facilitation of a loan to the then Prime Minister Boris Johnson and should reflect on the potential damage caused to trust in the corporation.’.
The BBC is a whole lot less independant than it once was.
To be clear, Elons takeover of twitter is a wholesale disaster for the platform. Starting from his technological cluenessness (he likely coded much of a site nearly 30 years ago, in a team of one or two, with a server that was literally taken down at night to do coding on it) and going through his lack of care as to governance of the platform, before even mentioning the batshit stuff.
So are Tesla and SpaceX gonna be listed as govt funded as well?
Anyone who doesn’t think this is correct clearly hasn’t seen how closely the BBC has followed party lines and rhetoric over the past 70 years.
SpaceX receives pretty much 100% of its revenue from government contracts.
NPR receives something like 1-3% of its revenue from government.
Why isn’t SpaceX marked as government funded?
I mean this is objectively true. The BBC Director General is chosen by the BBC board, whose members are appointed by the Secretary of State.
There isn’t really any honest argument that it isn’t.