Beeb sites face 'public value test'
July 5, 2004 10:38 AM   Subscribe

"BBC wields axe over websites" Some BBC websites are going to be going away soon due to a "public value test", discussed earlier here and here. This comes after the Graf Report and charges that they aren't different enough from commercial sites. Will you miss "Pure Soap," "Fantasy Football" and the others?
posted by Stoatfarm (4 comments total)
because they can't look at their server logs? or hire a polling agency?
posted by rhyax at 11:33 AM on July 5, 2004

Good thing we use Yahoo! and the EPL's own fantasy products over on SpoFi then.
posted by billsaysthis at 2:59 PM on July 5, 2004

This is great news, really. It means the end of "unfair competition" that's stopping commercial businesses making a viable go-of-it, because of the might of BBC money.

Which is different from other types of money - like money from Murdoch or Disney or whoever. That sort of massive wealth would be "fair".

Do you see?

It's also good because it means that people like me, who watch less and less TV, but use the BBC on the internet more and more, will get less value from our license fees. But that's fair, because the commercial companies can benefit from us. And they're the important guys, remember: we can't have them whining like spoilt little bitches.

Just think of it as New Labour selling out the citizens of Britain for the benefit of someone else. It happens all the time, and we love the party for it.

The BBC never offered us Pure Soap or Fantasy Football. Those services were only ever offered by its comercial competitors.
posted by Blue Stone at 4:50 AM on July 6, 2004

no Square Invaders? ; >
posted by amberglow at 7:52 PM on July 6, 2004

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