'BritBox is BBC's way of making us pay twice for TV shows we funded'

If there is a way of getting more cash out of viewers, the hard-nosed bosses of the BBC will find it.

This hook-up with ITV should be called Scamflix, a way to make profits from the huge archive financed by millions of licence-payers over decades.

It’s an upside-down version of Hughie Green’s Double Your Money – pay twice for the same programme that was on the box years ago. Pensioners, especially those threatened with the confiscation of their over-75’s free TV licence, will be hit yet again as they appreciate old films the most.

BBC iPlayer will continue to be free to licence-holders but for how long?

BritBox is a step towards total commercialisation of the nation’s publicly funded broadcaster.

It doesn’t have to be like this. Talking Pictures – Channel 81 on Freeview – gives a first-rate service of archive film. I’m an addict. Gideon? Dick Barton? Family at War? It’s all there.

Like the old movies, this is a black-and-white argument. As with the NHS, you pay for it once, so you shouldn’t have to go private.


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