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Should the BBC be allowed to Strike

Published by calhoun on October 1st, 2010 - in Politics

BBC LogoHave you ever heard of a Government going on strike? I didn’t think so. Surely they should not be allowed to do so.  However the BBC wants to strike. We the tax payer pays for the entire organization even if we don’t use the services which they provide.

The BBC is in talks to go on strike during the Conservative Party conference due to start next week. Perhaps there will be more interesting politics coming out of that than came out of the Labour party conference that has caused chaos across Manchester this week.

Ed Miliband has called on the BBC to not cause a blackout of coverage for its viewers during this time. It is in the interest of fairness he states.

The BBC being fully funded by the state should be prevented by law from actually going on strike or as an alternative, we should get a refund of our TV License fee for the time they will be on strike. I am sure that the BBC will conveniently “forget” this idea however as they know we cant easily enforce justice against them.

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A Small victory over the BBC

Published by calhoun on September 16th, 2010 - in News, Technology

The BBC’s license grants it the right to increase the cost of the TV license annually even if they do not provide an increase in benefits or service or quality associated with the rise. Naturally we still don’t have the right to a competitor to avoid paying the license which with any hope could be challenged in the European courts as any competitive.

Today however the culture secretary was pleased with the proposal made by the BBC to not increase it for the next year. No decision has yet been made about the 2012-2013 session yet. However if they do not increase it during this time, it is reported they will see a loss of £144 million. The culture minister should perhaps go a step further and propose plans to scrap the TV License altogether.

This has been an exciting week for the BBC with two senior figures leaving, one of which heading towards Channel 4. Staff are considering strike action against the BBC over changes in the pension scheme. However, given that we the ones whom ultimately pay for their wages, it should be ruled criminal for them to strike.

If they want better conditions of employment they should encourage management to seperate the BBC from the State and setup an independant TV company based on the principles of supply and demand.  Sort of what Sky, Virgin, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and ITV do.

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BBC License, buy one, buy another the same price.

Published by calhoun on September 11th, 2010 - in Technology

Anti TV License With the Government spending review taking money out of services such as the police and the BBc wanting to get even more money out of us, surely now is the time to reconsider the BBC TV License Fee. Scrapping it would save the national budget £2.9Billion a year.

In business it is important to understand when to stop what your doing – if you cant turn a profit and are constantly operating at a loss then there is simply no point in attempting to continue to trade. The BBC brings in just above 0.5Billion a year from commercial assets. However, it gets propped up by an additional 3Billion a year. Consequently, it means the BBC is making around 2.5Billion a year losses.

Now I wont criticize the Technical Director for wanting to commercialize its services the problem however is he wants to commercialize without getting rid of the backing of the state.  Due to a loophole, it is possible to watch BBC Services from the iPlayer without actually needing to have a tv license. The technical director however, wants to make it so that the iPlayer must have its own license. So even if you have a BBC License, you still need to pay again to access the content.

In a recent appearance on the BBC, culture minister Jeremy Hunt has indicated that he thinks that the BBC should waive their normal 3% increase in the cost of the TV License.

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BBC Reporter seals mobile data

Published by calhoun on August 10th, 2010 - in Technology

The BBC freshly out of criticism over both the value of the tv license and the loss of significant quantities of equipment by incompetent staff have released an article on how easy it is to hack mobile phones. The topic may be exaggerated, as the reporter was doing it for journalistic purposes.

However the worry is that if a member of staff of the BBC can easily setup an ‘app’ that can log sensitive information to a third party, what could someone whom has a real malicious intent achieve?

It highlights the importance of app stores such as Google and Apple to act as a first line of security against malicious criminals. Both of these have recently removed apps which they believe had a malicious intent behind them.

They may see it as a much more lucrative revenue stream as they can setup premium rate numbers and have your phone silently call that number for ours on end and you wont find out about it until your monthly bill comes in. At that, it presumes you even look at your monthly bill, many providers are using online bills so unless you log in, you may not realise the problem until your direct debit fails.

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