Why are we paying for Channel Four?

We have much to value in our British Broadcasting Corporation so I can live with the concept of funding it through the licence fee.  I think it does its best to maintain an impartial stance on most issues although its impartiality can be hugely frustrating sometimes when it presents lunatic and, sometimes, dangerous views alongside the only logical approach in its quest for impartiality.  I think the BBC is biased in its approach to Brexit and is clearly siding with the establishment in regretting the democratic decision of the British people but I can live with that.

What I find increasingly infuriating is the public subsidy for Channel Four with its obvious left-wing bias.  Why is Channel Four allowed to operate with public funding but in a way

John Snow

that is so obviously politically biased?  You only need to watch for a short while any evening to realise that the producers have selected their interviewees on the basis of representing a left-wing view;  they have then discussed their position with them and it is obvious that the questions they put on air are to support the left-of-centre position of the contributors.  If the public subsidy of Channel Four is to continue, why should a similar sum not be paid to the Daily Telegraph and/or the Daily Mail?



About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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