Auntie seems have forgotten who she is. As far as I recall she is owned by us, the people. We pay for the privilege of a BBC – which should be the bastion of independence. Generally, it is. I like my dose of The Today programme in a morning.
However, the BBC now want me to hand over my details so that I can access the information I have already paid for. I consider this an affront.
The threat is that if I don’t register my details (inside leg measurement, mum’s Birthday, favourite zodiac sign etc) then I can’t watch stuff on my iPlayer. Not can I vote for my favourite dancers on Strictly Come Dancing. Or make comments on stories.
Further they won’t be able to tailor content to me. Oddly, since I was a few years old I’ve management to make my own choices. I don’t need Big Brother shoving content down the line at me. I am quite capable of choosing what I want to watch. I don’t need an algorithm choosing for me.
The head of the ‘new’ service was on Points Of View a few days ago trying to justify this move. It was pure poppycock. He was not convincing at all.
The introduction next year of the new law on data (lovingly known as GDPR) is intended to stop intrusion, to make information available without hoops to jump through – especially in a gratuitous fashion. The BBC seem to have ignored this.
This is a slippery slope. And a backward step.