don't let it stink smelly buttt.
It sure beats the bad car analogies from SCO v IBM
The license fee payers pay for this: ie. everyone who watches broadcast TV in the UK.
It used to be, rightly, the Foreign Office who paid for it - rightly because its aim is to spread British propaganda throughout the world, but the (Murdoch-loving, privatise everything including your mum) Tories hate the BBC and so forced them to take it under their budget (in between the other hacks and slashes at their budget). So now you have the rather absurd and indefensible position where license fee payers are funding the British government's outreach objectives to North Korea (et al.), instead of having that money being used to provide programming they can enjoy/use/ignore/complain about.
The reason this happened is largely yet another spineless tit at the head of the BBC. One in a long line, I'm afraid. The last decent one was chucked out (Greg Dyke) for daring to allow a modicum of criticism of Tony's Big Iraqi Adventure. Now the BBC is fast becoming a shadow of its former self and is often considerably editorially compromised by the Conservative party's agenda (as often communicated through the posessed-by-evil pages of the hateful Daily Mail).
I got dibs on the movie rights.
In which case things have proably got about as ass-backward as they can possibly get.
I always think about Capitalism like that old proverb about fire: 'it makes a good servant but a bad master', and the latter seems to be where the US (and UK) are forever heading.
"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead