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


Memorandum submitted by Mrs Eileen Bloom

  I read in the Manchester Evening News that you are not too pleased with the BBC over the Ali G incident on Radio 1. I did not hear it so cannot comment. But I did see "They Think it's All Over" last night. I did turn it off as I thought Jonathan Ross was going too far. After the news at 10 o'clock he had his own "chat show". Whatever are the BBC doing allowing this. He tried to get June Brown to say things she didn't wish to and then Mel B. On returning to the Green Room she said "I need counselling after that". This man is paid a lot of money and I object to my licence money being used to put that type of programme into my living room.

  I know the easy answer is turn it off but why is a national service putting this out?

  I have another moan about the BBC and it is the constant bombardment of News 24, . . . website, e-mail etc. In 2008 we are set for digital TV but all the advertising now only make a divided society—not the North/South but the Haves and Not Haves. There are many, many people who cannot afford a computer let alone pay for the internet.

  We are told that poverty is high in Britain, I would rather parents feed their children than spend money on a computer. How many older people are also excluded. I hope you can have some influence with Greg Dyke over the BBC.

9 March 2002

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