Monday, November 10, 2008

Entertainment or Education? pt 2

I had to just add, having seen this on the BBC website, how can the BBC justify some of its current content in light of its 6 public purposes?

In order for the BBC to fulfil its mission to inform, educate and entertain, the Royal Charter and Agreement sets out six public purposes.
The BBC Trust has set remits for these public purposes, and BBC management has responded with its plans for delivering each purpose.
Go to the following pages for details of the six public purposes and the BBC's plans for delivering them:
Sustaining citizenship and civil society
Promoting education and learning
Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence
Representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities
Bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK
Delivering to the public the benefit of emerging communications technologies and services

See the BBC Trust for the purpose remits in full.


John said...

Hi, this is bob. I like to talk about this. From my point of view not only education, entertainment also important. Because in this period computer is connecting the world, kids are doing heavy projects in computers. Due to that they are affecting by severe mental torcher. To reduce their burden they need some entertainments like sports and gaming.

Mylissa said...

Hi Bob,
Thanks for your comment, but I think you misunderstand what I’m saying. I am all in favour of entertainment on TV. What I object to is that form of entertainment (immature, offensive and tasteless) being broadcast on the BBC. The BBC itself declares that it is to inform, educate and entertain. Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand on this occasion did not seem to be ‘sustaining citizenship and civil society’, nor did were they promoting education and learning’. And as for ‘representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities’ – I hope not. But perhaps that’s part of the problem?

I'm sure there are plenty of other, non-public funded TV channels which would leap at the chance to employ Brand and/or Ross, and I would have no problem with that. If the job offers don't come pouring in, well then I think that just supports my point!

As for children spending lots of time working on computers, I don’t think the solution to that is to sit them down in front of the TV for all their spare time! What’s wrong with going outside? Or reading a book for pleasure?! Ross and Brand are, in my opinion, far from suitable material for children escaping the pressures of school work…