Monday, 9th February 2015

by Joshua Gaskell

A prediction for if the free-trade-and-philanthropy crowd ever manage to get the BBC sold off: a few years down the line a charity will be set up to buy advertising space and ease people’s misery by not using it, thus leaving more time for programmes; the charity will campaign to ‘Make Adverts History’, promising to do so if people donate just a little more; eventually, they’ll have enough money to fulfil their promise – at just about the point when the average annual household donation reaches £145.50 (adjusted for inflation). This sensible and desirable state of affairs will be recognised with some sort of ‘charter’ and ‘licence fee’, and people will say, ‘What a brilliant idea this is. Why did no one think of it before?’