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I liked this comment best of all.
A great question. It is at the very least an 'unofficial' government controlled corporation - who rely on the 'goodwill' of the government to get this (highway robbery) licence fee money from the public.
When the BBC 'don't toe the party line' they are threatened with the ending of the licence fee - and this has happened lots of times in the past - and after that threat the BBC soon fall into line.
So the BBC is not supposed to be a state run corporation but we can 'all read' between the lines for the reasons you've stated......the public is not stupid - even if the government thinks we all are.!!!
The license is the government paycheck.
So you're still... and now to the tune of Big fucking Ben: