As a UK licence fee payer who doesn’t have a choice in paying this TV tax I’m annoyed to hear the BBC sells advertising on it’s American channel BBCA. I have to pay £139.50 a year towards the funding of the BBC. Yes they do make some great programs.
One of the reasons for this TV tax is so there are no adverts inturupting programs. So why does BBCA have advert breaks during programs? We, the UK TV licence fee payers have already paid for the cost of producing the programs. Why don’t they start using ad breaks to pay their own way & cancel this very outdated TV tax that was created way back when TV in the UK first came out?
It’s simple! Have ad breaks in between programs & not during them. I’m currently waiting for someone US based who is going to burn a cd with examples of the BBC raking in extra cash during programs on BBCA. On the BBCA website there is an ‘advertise with us‘ link. You have to submit an email enquiry specifying wether you’re interested in online advertising, on air advertising or both.
The BBCA site also has links to other BBC websites. The BBC.com link actually redirects to the BBC.co.uk website. You can find a link in the footer of the homepage for the licence fee.
Here’s a Q & A from BBCA’s own FAQ page:
Q: Why does BBC AMERICA carry advertisements when the BBC in the UK does not?
A: In the UK, the BBC is funded by British TV licensing fees. However, by law, the BBC is not allowed to use this money to fund channels outside the UK, therefore BBC AMERICA is reliant on advertising sales. Without advertisements, we would not exist.
Quite simply, Why doesn’t the BBC stop ripping off UK TV owners with this state owned TV tax & pay it’s one way. I don’t like being forced to pay this tax, which pays for the creation of BBC programs such as the news, Dr Who, Top Gear, etc, etc. To then see that they show these same programs abroad & rake in advertising money on top when the programs have already been paid for & made stinks of a serious double standard being set by the BBC.
BBC Canada also has an advertising link. It links to www.canwest.com. I tried searching BBC but got a processing error message. Not sure if they also have ad breaks in programs but at present I’ll assume they do.
Update: Finally got the video proof – Ban uk TV Licence.