Mr Elstein pointed out the unfairness of a system that puts people behind bars for not paying the licence fee. Only a small number are jailed each year for non-payment, but I have read that 10 per cent of magistrate court cases are for non-payment of the licence fee. Prosecuting and convicting these criminals (overwhelmingly women) represents a substantial cost to taxpayers.
I look forward to seeing the figures for how many people aged 75 or over choose voluntarily to pay the licence fee when they are released.
The fact that all other broadcasters have external regulators is not a sufficient reason to justify the need for the BBC to have one, in my view. It would first need to be shown that the Trust is not up to the job. It would be interesting to know how many of the MPs who complained to the BBC about bias lost their seats and by what margin.
Were any complaints received on the BBC's reliance on inaccurate polling data? I would like to know what steps Mr Harding is going to take to try and prevent a misleading impression of voters' intentions creeping into the Beeb's coverage of Euro referendum. Also, will it be 'pro' says this and 'anti' or 'Auntie' says that!
He may have been rocked by Mr Bolton's swift uppercut: "You've never made a programme in your life, are the staff going to take you seriously?", or the thought of stepping into the workaholic shoes of Roger Wright may have been on his mind. The average age of listeners to Radio 3 is 58 - if some of these listeners think he labelled them as being a bit thick there will be consequences. On the other hand, he might make a full recovery in next week's interview. I remember Roger Wright's first appearance on Feedback. He crumbled quickly. But he made a full recovery in subsequent appearances. Maybe at the time of the interview he had just finished working 10 hours and had another 6 ahead of him.
On the "never made a programme in your life" remark Mr Davey is not unique, if Ray Gosling is to be believed:
"The BBC is run by a load of guys who have never made a programme in their lives, never told a story in their lives, never cried in their lives, never told a lie in their lives..."
I think the title: "Can Porn Empower Woman?" favoured the anti-porn campaigners (how does any job empower someone?), but it was interesting that the audience's support for the motion increased five-fold during the course of the debate. The film director/actress Pandora Blake spoke will supreme rationality and eloquence, strongly making the point that all porn is not the same: many women in the industry enjoy their work and are not at all exploited. The conversation was frank, and the programme will not be to the taste of many Feedback listeners. On the other hand, however, it was claimed that 1 in 4 website 'hits' is porn, so a considerable number of Feedback listeners may be interested. Ms Garvey, who watched porn for the programme, was not impressed by what she saw. Had she spoken to Ms Blake beforehand about her preferences, perhaps suitable recommendations could have been made?