We love the beeb, kind of from Observer Blog

Observer Blog nails the cyclical nature of the debate about the BBC, in We love the beeb, kind of.

More than one editor observed that this is part of a cyclical debate in orbit around the beeb. It starts with the demand that they ignore the populist temptation to poach commercial viewers with crowd-pleasing TV-candy, preferring serious Reithian pursuits. The ratings duly fall. Then comes the argument that low ratings indicate a lack of popular engagement and, hard on its heels, the argument that the licence fee as currently configured is not justified since it amounts to a subsidy of minority viewing. So the BBC goes back to chasing ratings for ratings’ sake, at which point it is attacked for queering the competitive pitch. And so on.