Agree with your conclusions, but not all your reasoning. But I think a compromise is needed.I love the BBC (mostly) but is is bloated and needs some sort of reform. I don't mind paying for the licence fee and have been doing so for over 40yrs. The thing that worries me is the parts of the BBC I do like, drama/documentaries/natural world/radio 4/5 for instance and also their news coverage (when not overly biased left wing) is how much I will have to pay if they do away with the licence fee.
I certainly would not miss some of the dross like soaps/day time telly fillers, Strictly and numerous quiz/ chat and talent shows. The amount that is paid to so called stars, news readers and presenters is getting beyond a joke. I mean Gary Lineker for instance nearly 2 mill a year and some news staff on £600k and more.
It should be stripped back to 2 tv channels of good quality stuff, maybe 3-4 radio stations and charge £75-100 a year.If people want any more than that pay for Sky/Netflix/Prime etc.
Commercials are huge issue when searching for something to watch of an evening. Try looking for a programme and then I guarantee instead of the programme you'll be watching commercials.Commercials really aren't an issue in this day and age when watching live TV is becoming more infrequent.
It's rare for me to watch live stuff, I record most things and then I can easily just fast-forward through the ad breaks.
Yes they are paid a lot but then they usually get poached by the comercial stations and paid more.Personally the bbc doesnt provide me with anywhere near value for money I very rarely watch anything they put out but as I have sky q I have to pay the licence fee. The recent equal pay scandal only served to highlight just how much presenters are paid for very little work.
Actually they do though I dont agree with it but they they have to chase viewing figures to show they are value for money. If no one watched they would have been privatised years ago.While they keep receiving their fixed income every year, they have no incentive to change anything.