http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6962793.stm I have to agree with most of what Paxman says. But I'm surprised by his comments on the license fee which, to me, contradicts his own fears about the BBC management being more concerned with profits over quality programming. Removing the TV license to make the BBC self-sufficient will only increase the obsession with ratings and producing popularist television to maximise advertising revenue. The BBC needs to take a long look at itself and what it's purpose is. Its main concern should be with making quality programming. Rather than farming out all the television production to outside, profit-making, production companies, it should invest in its own production facilities, run those efficiently and make sure it employs staff based on experience and talent. However, the wider television industry would not like and much prefers a weakened BBC that has become a publisher rather than a programme maker.