is an example of the pervasive corporatist corruption of the British State.
Nobody who scans through the stations on his car radio can possibly be under the misapprehension that a taste for pop music is not adequately catered for by commercial broadcasters. There is no excuse for a State-promoted and publicly-funded pop music station.
Subsidy of what requires no subsidy
BBC Radio 1 is a means by which
public money is transferred, by royalties and other payments, into the pockets of people who are already rich, in the same way that development aid is the means by which poor people in rich countries give money to rich people in poor countries.
The only justification for a public service broadcaster
is that it broadcasts programmes that would not otherwise be produced, and that are of high artistic or intellectual worth.
our cultural and political élites have lost confidence in their judgment as to what is of intrinsic intellectual and artistic value. The measure of the BBC’s success is therefore the size of its audiences. The BBC becomes demotic.
The State and parastatal organisations, Dalrymple observes,
have an inherent and unstoppable tendency to swell grotesquely, especially in our corporatist society which increasingly resembles India during the Licence Raj, in which the public service did not serve and private enterprise was not enterprising.