OK – I was forwarded an email from Brian Eno this afternoon, asking people to circulate it as widely as possible. To declare an interest, I work for the BBC where the cynically-named Delivering Quality First cuts are about to take a bite out of my little corner of the world.
So if this had come from some BBC apparatchick or other interested party like myself I’d have thought twice about posting it here and on Twitter. But since the tirade came from Eno who has no particular axe to grind on the subject, it seemed worth passing on:
“Every year the BBC is forced to hand over tens of millions to Murdoch’s BSkyB, under a hugely unfair law unprecedented in any other country. The BBC has to pay BSkyB for broadcasting BBC content – which in turn forms over 40% of BSkyB’s viewing. Does that make any sense to you?
But pressure is mounting on Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to end this idiocy. I’ve just sent him a message to make sure he does — click here to send your own message:
However there are two sides to everything. On Twitter @shoottheducks has just pointed me at this Guardian article by BSkyB’s commercial director Rob Webster putting the counter-argument. Hey – make you own mind up.