BBC license fee row: A major blunder cost the Beebs the opportunity to be “bigger than Netflix.”
According to Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen, the BBC has missed out on the opportunity to be “bigger than Netflix” by adopting a global subscription model.
Andrew Bridgen, a Conservative MP, has chastised the BBC for not adopting a subscription model before the rise of online streaming services.
He told Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5 Live that the broadcaster could have grown to be “bigger than Netflix,” but instead chose to stick with the tv license fee model.
“I didn’t get what I wanted in 2014 at [the BBC]charter renewal when I wanted decriminalization of the TV licence to get into the deregulation bill,” Mr Bridgen told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“However, your Lord’s employees hoofed it back out, and it didn’t help the BBC.”
“You would have been bigger than Netflix now if you went subscription in 2014 after the 25th charter renewal.”
“You could have sold to the entire world, put your back catalog on a streaming service, and you’d be in a far better financial position than you are now, and the projection of soft power for the UK would have been brilliant.”
“I think it’s almost criminal, criminal mismanagement of a great national asset you had on a silver platter, and your technology, as I predicted in 2014, is making the licence fee… you clung to it like a life raft, and the stone was the only thing that dragged you down.”
Tony, a BBC listener, called Nicky Campbell’s show to complain about the BBC’s lack of “up to date service.”
“The average age of the films shown over the Christmas period was from the 1950s,” Tony said.
“That is so outdated, and it’s just rehashing the same old stuff year after year.”
“That service is out of date.”
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But they’re so few that you could count them on one hand.”
Conservative MP Julian Knight argued earlier in the show that the license fee must be kept in place for the foreseeable future.
“The funding challenge is that more and more people are declaring ‘no license required,'” he said.
In the last two years, there has been an increase of 11%.
“People who watch YouTube on their phones.”
They have no connection to the BBC for the next decade and beyond, according to the BBC’s “Brinkwire Summary News.”