The BBC and the GBBO

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I have been musing on the problems at the BBC from a healthy distance (being in Arizona) for a few weeks now, and am trying to determine how realistic my strategy of boycotting the said organisation is when I return. The BBC is one of those revered British institutions abroad and maybe especially in the US, but the reality is a long way removed from that iconic truth seeking, truly professional image.

The jimmy savile fiasco/scandal has merely been the proverbial 'straw'. My personal boycott would not be too difficult were it not for the Great British Bake Off, or GBBO as in its twitter hash tag.

British readers will know that 2012 series winner has just been 'crowned' so I may have weakened in my resolve come the 2013 series. More seriously giving up BBC radio 4 will probably require therapy. Unlike the television schedule which is packed full of drivel, radio 4 is frequently the reason why you left that all important ingredient on the countertop instead of adding it to the cake. Tim Harford's half hour of the use and misuse of numbers and statistics- More or Less, is one of several intelligent, thought provoking programmes.

Am I willing to refuse to pay my licence fee to underline my boycott? Don't be silly, I'm a wimp! I do however feel more strongly than ever that the many people in Britain who believe that a compulsory tax for a public sector broadcaster who is not doing a public service should be axed. If the BBC wants to continue to broadcast it should be offering quality programmes which can be commercially funded. Can I finish this without even mentioning Jeremy Clarkson and his £3m pay deal from taxpayers' money?……….

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hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle. If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla http://vannillarock.wordpress.com If you have come as a baker my blog is http://vannillarock.com i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job. I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER. my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel if you like what you see please do start a conversation :)

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