I read Howard Robinson’s letter “Has the BBC lost its way?” in the September issue. I would miss those unique programmes that the BBC does so well, such as “The Royal Festival of Remembrance” each November from the Royal Albert Hall, and the Remembrance Service in Whitehall with the poignant march-past of the veterans.
I’d also miss Last Night of the Proms, Strictly Come Dancing and Songs of Praise and, like Mr Robinson, I’m a great listener to The Archers on Radio 4. I don’t think any commercial channel would broadcast these if the BBC no longer existed. Of course, I deplore the BBC’s wastefulness and the unnecessarily high salaries they pay their directors and top “stars,” but surely the corporation can be taken in hand and reformed, without closing it down completely.
Ann Wills, Ruislip