E20 on Eastenders: your comments
'why are you still peddling the myth that 'old fogies' can't cope with computers?'
I agree with rexel: the BBC is not perpetuating the myth that older people can't cope with computers - we are trying to do the exact opposite.
True many parents and grandparents were using computers in the work-place before anyone thought about having "a computer in every home". And yes it's true - some younger people might not have access to a PC in their home.
We have a commitment to digital inclusion (it's actually part of the BBC's charter) and to reach audiences who do not have access to the internet. We point audiences to where they can get access to the internet and where to get help in developing their online skills.
We run a number of initiatives to this end and target all sections of the population not yet online, currently over 10 million adults. Just over half (54%) of those are aged 65 or over. And whilst it's true to say that not all young people have broadband access, the proportion who don't have access to broadband is much smaller in younger age groups (14% of 15 to 34 year olds). These age groups also have a higher tendency to connect to the internet via mobile phone.
Our research has shown that mentoring and help from friends and families is one of the most effective ways to help online adopters. They can make a real difference to developing online skills and boosting confidence for those new to computers and the internet and it's something I will be working on with Martha Lane Fox and Race Online
You can see an existing scheme run by UK Online Centres here.
Seetha Kumar is Controller BBC Online and the BBC's Online Access Champion.