We want BBC to keep to its charter

PUBLISHED: 13:30 19 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:13 10 June 2010

RE: No-pay couple take on the Beeb John Kelly, who with his wife featured in the above referenced report in the Journal, December 4 edition has written to clarify thier position.

RE: No-pay couple take on the Beeb

John Kelly, who with his wife featured in the above referenced report in the Journal, December 4 edition has written to clarify thier position.

He said in the report his wife was attributed with the opinion that the tax (the BBC licence fee) "was unfair in that it was not based on an ability to pay and often hit the poor or pensioners more".

He writes: Neither Lesley nor I has a view on the affordability of the BBC licence fee/tax and perhaps I may be permitted to clarify our view as follows?

You have kindly permitted me to air views in your columns on the regionalisation of government in the past, and to make the direct connection between this process and the European Union, and several people have commented to me that if it weren't for those letters, they would not have known what was happening. Which brings me to the point of dispute with the BBC because the BBC is bound by it's Royal Charter to report, on any matter of political significance, in a manner which is "fair, balanced and objective, such as to allow the listener to form their own opinion".

The BBC does not do this on EU issues, and there is a wealth of carefully documented, independent media data to testify to this. Time and again, BBC news and current affairs programmes contain only the "view from Brussels" without a balancing element and, as a consequence, people are largely uninformed on what is the biggest political issue of our times - namely the governance of our country and the fact that there is no democratic mandate from the people for the EU project. The behaviour of the BBC is therefore of a propagandist nature and we should not be expected to pay for that to happen.

Complaints to the BBC on this issue consume months and years until eventually it is realised that there is an institutionalised pro-EU mindset within the corporation which simply bends to the Government's will, and thereby, instead of being independent, assumes a political view of its own - and the Royal Charter forbids that happening. In my view, that constitutes a breach of contract with the taxpayer who is within his/her rights to withhold payment until the BBC adheres to the charter.

The fact that the BBC and the TVLA have taken no action against us in six years is a tacit acceptance of our case, but that is no comfort to us - our purpose is not to avoid paying for the BBC but to ensure that the BBC behaves as the Royal Charter demands.

John Kelly,

Marley Hayes,

Hulham Road,

Exmouth


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