Britain's Broadcasting Colossus

The BBC isn't perfect. In many ways - Chris Moyles, Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Shit, Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs, Fearne Cotton, and The Brittas Empire, to name a few - it annoys me greatly. However, without it, we would almost certainly never have gotten the following magical things:

Test Match Special
David Attenborough
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Bod
I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue
Mark & Lard
Man On Wire
Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives
Grange Hill
Charlie Brooker's Newswipe
Grandstand (especially when presented by Des Lynam)
Newsnight (especially when presented by Jezza Paxo)
The Magic Roundabout
Ski Sunday
Desert Island Discs
The Adam and Joe Show
Sports Report
Everything by Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin
Play School (indeed anything featuring Floella Benjamin, Brian Cant or Derek Griffiths)
Who Do You Think You Are?
QI
Doctor Who
The Wrong Trousers
Porridge
Mastermind
The Day Today
Top Of The Pops
Arena
John Craven's Newsround

Commercial broadcasters almost never reach such heights, and the pleasure of these successes far outweighs the misery of the failures. It is a wonderful, unique institution, and we Brits should be revelling in it, not clamouring to see it cut up. If, as I expect he will, being a twerp, David The Shrimp buckles under Murdochian pressure and starts doing such things when he gets elected Prime Minister this year, I shan't be held responsible for my actions.
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