Originally Posted by STB
You see its a population thing we have less than less than 2 million paying the tv licence as distinct from the masses of cash the BBC collects from TV licence income from its huge UK population of 66m. Hence they can operate without commercial monies.
This is rubbish on so many levels
First off youve exaggurated the demographics by comparing the number of households
in Ireland with the number of people
in the UK.
Secondly youve ignored the fact that the Beebs operating costs are far higher than RTE's (overpaid presenters notwithstanding) Aside for the extra paid for rights to show sports/films/imported programming they have the extra costs from operating in a larger and more diverse country such as transmission, extra services, regional output (22 regions on BBC1 Four on BBC2 and over sixty local radio services plus a world service and a host of specialist/minority interest services).