Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Mr David Missett

  Over the last few years I have been concerned with the content of BBC television, believing it to be a middle class institution run by a white London based elite for a middle class audience, with the rest of us just there to pay for it.

  So I decided to write to the Director General. While I didn't expect a reply from him I did expect some response from his office. Instead I received a standard reply from the very misnamed information department. After three goes and three reply's from that magic department I gave up and wrote to the Board of Governors and guess what another reply from the infamous department.

  So I then wrote to the Secretary of State and received a letter from her department telling me that it was nothing to do with them and I should write to guess what the DG or governors.

  While I would like a public broadcasting service that represents everyone and is accountable to the licence payer. I fear that is unobtainable.

  So could you please tell me how an ordinary person can express his or her views on a service for which they are taxed £109 per annum failure to pay resulting in criminal prosecution.

  A friend tells me the DG and Board reply to letters on a post code system so only the wealthy have access to these worthys, is this true. Or perhaps you are not allowed to ask either.

  Are the BBC accountable to any democratic body, it would seem not.

  Thank you for your time.

18 February 2002

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