certain religious broadcasters in the u.s. rake in huge amounts of cash from viewer donations and pay taxes on none of it, and they don't feel compelled toward balance either. if the viewer donation levels are high enough, the tax exemption may as well be a stipend. in a way, the gov't is financially supporting a lot of religious shows by allowing them to broadcast social/political opinion without having to pay the taxes that a show like Bill O'Reilly or The Daily Show is subject to.Originally posted by j2k4@27 October 2003 - 07:50
Here, we have P.B.S. and N.P.R., which receive a stipend, but are not supported to anywhere near the extent the Beeb is; they are regarded as quite liberal, and, ironically, carry alot of BBC content, however they do not feel at all compelled to attempt the Beeb's "balance".