We’ve felt the pinch: why should BBC be immune?

Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker

Last Monday the BBC issued a form asking for oplnlon on its shortfall in funding.

This form is available for three months, asking for views on the plan to scrap free TV licenses for pensioners over 75.

Letter to the editor

Letter to the editor

I have been unable to get a printed form, and now have to try to complete the form online – a stiff task for many of us over-75 non-computer literates.

With the cost of living rising steadily year on year, I have had to trim expenses so as to stay within my means. Ours is a one-income household.

Next, the preamble to the consultation form went through the motions of sympathy, saying “we do not wish for the unedifying spectacle of poor pensioners being prosecuted for non-payment of TV licences”.

Oh? On July 26, 2018, a 59-year-old Belfast grandmother with a lung complaint and osteoporosis was taken into Hydebank jail on a week-long sentence for non-payment of license.

I am fundamentally in favour of the free licences.

To help meet the shortfall from this, the BBC needs to cut its costs.

Programmes are made with a ‘spare no expense’ attitude. Presenters are paid offensive sums per year, Winkleman, Gary Lineker (pictured), Humphrys, and the lavishness of programme making is so unnecessary.

BBC NI sends a camera crew to the scene of a motor accident when a few spoken words by the newsreader would suffice.

During the World Cup in Russia, a BBC radio commentator and his summarizer let it out that they were staying in the same hotel as visiting heads of state.

Message to BBC: we are in an age of austerity, all of us, and that means you too, Sir Tony Hall.

Cut your cloth to fit your pocket.

Raymond Mitchell, Portadown