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
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
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