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					From: Rod McMillan
Sent: 31 March 2004 21:59
To: BBC Charter Review
Subject: BBC Charter Review Consultation

YOUR BBC – YOUR SAY



Please note before I start that the BBC can no longer exist as an stand alone
sacrosanct Institution – it has to satisfy its customers, just as any other
organisation has to - AND IT MUST INVOLVE THEM and must be a dynamic living
testament to that involvement …………. either that – OR it will be broken up and
restricted by Government [just as BT was/is being] – But for a UK global
communication presence and for the other reasons given below it is essential
that it retains its size and power base.




1) What do I value most about the BBC ?



Answer: Its IMPARTIAL NEWS, CURRENT AFFAIRS, EDUCATIONAL, SPORT, COMEDY and
HORIZON programmes.



AND ITS POTENTIAL TO HELP MAKE BRITAIN GREAT AGAIN ACROSS THE GLOBE, via
communication, ON THE BASIS OF ITS IMPARTIALITY AND ABILITY TO TELL THE TRUTH NO
MATTER WHAT – AND TO SPREAD THE GOOD IN BRITISH CULTURE AS THE USA DOES THEIRS -
VIA FILM AND TELEVISION EXPOSURE.



NB I SPOKE TO MARK BYFORD, currently Acting Director General, briefly about
this, a couple of years ago, when he was Head of the BBC World Service.




WHERE THE BBC FAILS IS - IN ITS TOTAL INABILITY, DESPITE ITS RESOURCES, TO
PRODUCE SUPERB TRAVELOGUES AND GUIDES TO WORLD CITIES, MAJOR BUILDINGS &
ARCHITECTURE - AND OTHER CULTURES.

eg Rome or Leningrad for cities and China or Fiji for cultures.




I assume that it serves Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland adequately from a
national standpoint, but regionally it may have „LOCAL‟ News that reflects
certain aspects of Regional life, but has failed totally from the advantageous
position that it has held until now, to explain and encourage continuation of
the different indigenous [white] TRADITIONS/cultures/ways of life that exist
within different areas of a region.




With regard to “Communities” the BBC is racist – it has donned the twin hats of
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS and +VE DISCRIMINATION in favour of black Afro/Caribbeanns
to the detriment of the 55 million indigenous majority that live in the UK.




Note: Racial discrimination is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!! ie favouring one race or
community over another – BUT positive discrimination does just that!!!!!!!!!!
And therefore the BBC is racist.




On February 24th the 10 pm News was read by Darren Jordan and immediately
following, the BBC South News at 10.30pm by Pauline Brandt – both BLACK
Afro/Caribbeanns, NOT CHINESE, INDIAN, PAKISTANI etc



The following day the 8am News was read by Moira Stewart and the 1pm News,
again, by DARREN JORDAN both black Afro/Caribbeanns – is that in face OF THE
INDIGENOUS POPULATION or NOT? Do we live in Jamaica or Nigeria – or where?



For God‟s Sake these people are MIGRANTS who represent 6% of the POPULATION – so
why the POLITICAL CORRECTNESS X 10,000 ????????????



Britons would not get this +VE DISCRIMINATION IN JAMAICA, NIGERIA or GHANA.



FAIR RACIAL REPRESENTATION should be on the basis of percentage of the
population, - but turn to a children‟s programme and every other presenter is a
black Afro/Caribbeann – WHY ????



A fair representation of ALL RACES is essential in a balanced society, but NOT
an unfair SKEWED bias – that makes White Britons feel apologetic for the fact
that they exist at all.



Who or what is controlling this UNFAIR skewed bias? Was it at Greg Dykes
instigation.?
For the sake of our nation we need to get back to where we were – with Moira
Stewart and company making a 6% appearance along with ALL OTHER MINORITY RACES
including my race - the Scots.




We now live in a 25 nation Europe with Swedes, Norwegians, Danes, Germans etc –
but none of these nations gets the advantages afforded via Positive
Discrimination that the Afro/Caribbeanns do.



That must change or there will be a backlash – and soon from the indigenous
population.




2) How should the BBC adapt to cope with changes in technology and culture?



What a question !!!



With regard to specific ethnic cultures it should embrace them where they reside
– not generally throughout the country. Eg Bradford, Leicester, London have
specifically high levels of ethnic groups

However, news items going out on National Television about schools should not at
almost every turn feature inner city ethnic schools.



Equally, the News Report on Concorde‟s last flight into Heathrow immediately
showed an interview with an Afro/Caribbean, when on a sweep of the 15,000 crowd,
he appeared to be the only one there. Why the political correctness again????



With regard to general cultural change it should make value judgements and
embrace where good – and reject or highlight where bad. eg Drug and drinking
cultures – and –ve Language and behaviour such as that found in Eastenders
should not be promulgated as acceptable and „hip‟!!!!!



The BBC should have sufficient funds to embrace new technology and promote via
that – Britain‟s values abroad in the Global Village via making its archive of
programs available via the Internet free of charge to the world at large and
similar to the above improve Britain‟s cultural credibility in the world.
What we can‟t now influence by force – we should be able to do via technology.
eg An extended debate between Mugabe and Blair would potentially highlight and
resolve certain legacy problems re. Zimbabwe.



eg Could we have had Bush, Blair and Saddam Hussein lined up for Super Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday or what about Osama bin Laden before 9/11 – is that too
crazy to envisage for the future???



Human interaction is all about communication and if we had that on a regular
basis in the Global Village many world problems could be obviated.



We need positive Global and Corporate Planning for the BBC to be pre-eminent in
this field – AND the BBC can only function effectively if it is given its head.




3) What do I think of the television, radio and online services the BBC
provides?



Answer: Excellent, absolutely excellent, with the provisos and suggestions above
incorporated – However one particularly INFURIATING ASPECT of recent years is
the need to promote programs in every natural break – even between the National
News and Local News. WE DON‟T NEED or WANT THIS IN OUR FACE PROMOTION ALL OF THE
TIME – AND SOME SHOWS ARE PROMOTED CONTINUOUSLY !!!!!!!! IT IS NOT NECESSARY –
WE ARE INTELLIGENT AND CAN SCAN THE NEWSPAPERS OR THE RADIO TIMES.



IF THE BBC WISHES TO PROMOTE SHOWS IN THE COMING WEEK – THEN IT SHOULD PUT ON A
HALF HOUR PROGRAMME ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK TO DO JUST THAT !!!!



BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKE LEAVE THE CHANGEOVER SLOT TIME FREE - PLEASE !!!!!!!
4) Should the BBC run commercial services?



Answer: Yes they should continue running commercial operations – but they should
be ancilliary to the main aspects of broadcasting and should not become an end
in themselves [without very good reason]




5) How should we pay for the BBC?



Answer: Definitely Licence Fee to share the expense of a valuable public asset –
BUT ALSO SUBSCRIPTION FOR CERTAIN ASPECTS LIKE HIGH LEVEL REGULAR SPORT SUCH AS
PREMIER AND FOOTBALL LEAGUE MATCHES, MOTOR SPORT AND HORSE RACING. However
National Events such as The Grand National, The Boat Race, Cup Final etc should
be part of the Licence Fee.




6) Is the BBC organised in the most effective and efficient way?



Answer: That is hard to say without in depth knowledge – but as a Management
Consultant and Accountant I‟m sure a review by my firm could determine that.



The true answer is, that in a period of constant change, an organisation has to
be constantly thinking ahead and structuring and re-structuring itself in a
manner that is rational and that attempts to shape itself for the future - but
at the same time retains a definite stability and integrity that allows its
employees to function and contribute effectively.



However the BBC has been and is structured currently, the future Charter will
determine the goals of the BBC and the resultant work that will be needed to put
an effective fluid structure in place to achieve those goals over a period of
time.
7) How should the BBC be run and how should it be regulated?



Answer: It should be run on the basis of whatever is needed to achieve its
agreed goals and changing objectives – as any Corporate Body should, given its
financial constraints.



Whether it is being run successfully should be determined by Regional
Consultative Groups that feed into a National BBC Licence Holder Group that has
teeth on behalf of all Licence Holders.

That Group should not be hidebound by convention and political correctness and
should be actively consulted by BBC Management and sit on both the BBC
Management Board [with the Governors and Management] and on a Regulatory Board
that would consist of the following:



The BBC Board of Governors; BBC Senior Management; The BBC Licence Holder Group;
Representatives of the Three Main Political Parties;



Each of those Groups should be represented by four members on the Regulatory
Board apart from the Politicians who would have 2 Members for each Party.



The Regulatory Board would then sit Quarterly and review major issues – with a
right to call for a Public Inquiry into matters of major concern. eg Hutton type
issues



The ten year Charter system should be kept – but should NOT be subject to
political patronage of the day, but to forecast changing social, cultural and
technological circumstances – as determined by a properly structured Review
Group.




8) How do we ensure that the BBC is properly accountable to the public and
Parliament?



Answer: Through the mechanisms provided in 7) above.
Yours truly,




Rod McMillan FCMA FCIS

				
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