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29 October 2010 @ 11:10 pm
Proud of the BBC - spreading the word  
This is something that was pointed out to me yesterday and I think it's rather worthwhile. Personally I am rather upset that the BBC is so beleagued at the moment and I'd like to support it, if I can. I am genuinely afraid that the BBC we know and love today may not last the course - it's surrounded by enemies all trying to pull it down and feast on the corpse.

Anyway, a comedian by the name of Mitch Benn, best known for his comic songs on The Now Show, feels similarly and has written a rather good and funny song and issued it as a single. It's called Proud of the BBC, but it will never get played unless we buy it and get it into the charts. The BBC can't because it's promotion, and ITV and Sky and such won't want to - because it's promotion.

If you would like to support the BBC in this way go here, watch the video, even buy the t-shirt if it floats your boat. Oh, and buy the song on itunes and Amazon.

Be proud of your BBC!

(BTW Mitch is a poor comedian with a family to support so I hope you don't mind helping to feed them too:)
Hannahninda_sarrik on October 29th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
oh I'm really tempted to buy a t-shirt, but do you think it would look naff or snobby?

I am, as it happens, proud of the BBC, so good on Mitch Benn and thanks for the link :)
Valderys: Eleventh - fezzes are coolvalderys on November 1st, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
Well, I've bought one, and so has wimble to my knowledge. So I think it will look cool (but I would say that! :)
Lotripper: votemsilverstar on October 31st, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Messing with the BBC's success is crazy. It's got the good shows!

The World Service, in particular, seems like one of Britain's most important exports (as it were). Reliable news is incredibly valuable, and can bring along a moderate perspective on events. It's actually a great defense against extremism, dammit.
Valderys: Eleventh - the oncoming pokevalderys on November 1st, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
I completely agree, but in today's difficult times it's being attacked by the government, by all the other broadcasting services, and by all the papers too - it's because it's the main rival to most of them. It makes me so angry that I can't do anything to help.
EnohIO: Sacred hedgehogenigma_o on November 1st, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
The BBC is one of the really really good things this country has done for itself. The NHS is probably the only one I can think of off the top of my head that beats it. The Education system could have been up there... Sigh.

THe BBC may not be perfect, but it's like Google with their 'don't be evil' policy. They don't always get it right, but they try.

Reasonably impartial news? Casting/scripting that includes various ethnic groups, and is getting better at LGBTQI so that we get things like Torchwood? Media that we can actually call out and correct when they really get it wrong? Programs that appeal to a range of people rather than one narrow focus group thus pushing people's comfort boundaries and, well, giving people something to talk to each other about? A general, synchronised background cultural noise? A break from advertising? Some awesome pieces of story telling that we can share with the rest of the world? An good starting point for when you need to know what's going on with the world/weather/traffic, or what to do after a major disaster strikes?

Sure, we don't need any of that.
Valderys: Dalek - would you care for some tea?valderys on November 1st, 2010 10:03 am (UTC)
I know! It's very hard knowing how to support them - I've never wanted to be an activist before, but I'm rather keen to get involved if I can, at least in this instance. The BBC have been such a formative influence on me throughout my life, I would hate to see it fail.
Malk: Rassillonmr_malk on November 2nd, 2010 10:57 am (UTC)
I don't think I could possibly agree more with this if I tried.

And the Beeb has indeed been facing a real hammering of late. I don't generally buy downloads (i.e. I have never bought one in my entire life, and the last MP3 player I got was a pre-iPod model with a capacity of about 64MB), but I'll seriously consider it.

The T-shirt is as good as bought.
Valderys: Dalek - would you care for some tea?valderys on November 2nd, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! I've just seen your post - much more eloquent than mine, but then, I was writing it on my netbook at CottageCon, while various folks kept trying to tear me away from it to play games/eat cupcakes/go to Bakewall etc. Oh the hardship! :)

Thanks for boosting the signal!
Malkmr_malk on November 2nd, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
My pleasure. I've also decided that I need to be more pro-active about defending the BBC on (for example) the Grauniad "Comment is Free" message boards, which are surprisingly well populated with BBC detractors. Usually I just roll my eyes, lick my index finger and make an imaginary tally mark in mid air when I read one of those posts, but I could be more vociferous.

BTW, I might be over your way at the end of November/start of December - the company I was working for before is desirous of my services once more. I might know more by the time Consequences rolls round.
Krisquiet000001 on November 14th, 2010 11:11 am (UTC)

(Background for random comment in caps: US citizen, lived in US until age 17, moved to UK to volunteer for a summer, ended up staying 10 years, consider England second home, back in US right now studying film production, would KILL to get a job - even if they don't pay me! - on a BBC narrative TV production - possibly kill several people if the show in question was Merlin or Sherlock - have not heard anything in the US about the BBC being under attack.) (It's. It's THE BBC. HOW CAN YOU NOT HAVE THE BBC? Even Americans know what the hell the BBC is!)(And given some Americans, that's really saying something.)