Thursday, November 20, 2008

Another good night for iBBC

Yet another triumph for the Licence Fee tonight, with Gideon Coe's show consisting of just the most sublime mix of music (sic) and a live set by The Charlatans that blew me away.

For those that don't know (just a few) we in the UK have a licence fee levied upon everybody that owns a television.  I won't go into the wrinkles of who pays what for their TV's/Computers in any particular household, suffice to say that most of the properties in the UK pay £139.50 per year (only £47 if the set is black&white!) and in return, the BBC can operate without adverts.

(Apart from annoyingly long ones for their own programmes).

There is a certain portion of the UK population (usually just the newspapers actually) that would like the BBC to start playing adverts, thus negating the need for a licence fee.

Well, go to Gideon's home page and listen again to one of the shows that take your fancy; you won't be disappointed, and to my mind, it more than justifies the framework that allows un-interrupted music of the calibre to be found on that list.

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