I came across a topic on Facebook which started with an image of an envelope being readdressed to return to sender and was putting forward the idea that the BBC should be defunded.

I was somewhat surprised as to why anyone would wish to do this as without funding there is obviously no BBC, so I left the following comment.

Why on earth would you wish to defund one of the best broadcast companies in the world?

I received the following comment.

Maybe because it’s not impartial anymore, maybe because their presenters put forward their own agenda, maybe because they are anti Brexit, maybe because we have no choice but to pay for a TV license or be hounded by their goons, maybe because they lie and manipulate, maybe because they have forced pensioners to pay for a license where it used to be free. They delude themselves, they are outdated, it should be free or charge a subscription and let’s see who pays for it, it’s certainly not value for money in my eyes. It’s rotten to the core, not to mention protecting paedophiles

I thought the reply was a little harsh on the poor old BBC so went gently to its defence with the following.

I think quite a few of those comments could be used against many modern broadcasters. This is a problem with getting old, I can remember when I was young we paid a TV Licence for the right to receive all the TV broadcast channels and the money from the Licence funded the BBC as the other channels were funded by advertisements. Now, nothing has changed with the BBC but those channels that were as such “free” have changed in that as well as having the revenue from advertising they now feel the need to charge us to receive their channels. I think there is a better case for getting upset with these broadcasters rather than the BBC.

I do not have the technical ability to remove the profanity to the bottom right of the envelope so I apologise to any readers who may be of a delicate disposition and hope that none take offence.


About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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2 Responses to DEFUND THE BBC.

  1. SueW says:

    I agree with you completely. So many channels to choose, but the BBC will always be my first choice.
    I think the person complaining might find that the good the bad and the ugly are present in all walks of life, and I think s/he might fit very well into one of those categories.

    • They complained that the BBC should be free although there was no explanation as to how to fund a broadcast company whose products were supposed to be free, now maths was never my strong subject but even I can see a flaw in this particular business plan.

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