After yesterday’s moaning about the current state of a BBC television programme, I thought I should be more positive about the BBC. I was thinking about how much the BBC means to me – how much I associate growing up with various things watched on television, or discovering new music on BBC Radio London, about the fact that we pay a licence fee to pay for all of the BBC output (from the television channels to the radio channels to the great website and iPlayer) and how the freedom from advertising is so great. I would like to be able to express how much it means to me as an institution that has had such a profound affect on my life, and continues to do so, and how annoyed I feel by the threat against it from the Conservative half of the current coalition government, but I know I don’t have the ability to adequately convey the emotions. Fortunately, I don’t have to.
Mitch Benn is a musical comedian (he is a regular on The Now Show) who is also a geek – I recall a podcast interview he did with Neil Gaiman, if you want to gauge his level of geekery – and fervent supporter of the BBC. He has written a song – I’m Proud Of The BBC – and will be releasing it as a single due to the massive response he has received when performing it on his recent tour. Here is the link for the video for the song, which expresses love of the BBC better than I ever could. Thank you, Mitch.