BBC and satellite
Further to Ocean’s article in last Thursday’s edition of the Bulletin regarding the disruption to TV programmes in the Balearics, it was announced that the BBC was moving their satellite and it could cause some disruption to viewers. They assured viewers that it would all be cleared up by Christmas. It is now 18 January and the quality of viewing is still terrible.
The strange thing is that at about 3pm in the afternoon the reception begins to go and at about 10 pm, when most people are preparing to go to bed, someone flicks a switch and voila! perfect viewing. What is the BBC doing? Not only are terrestrial channels suffering but the other channels involved are losing valuable advertising revenue. In my opinion the commercial programmes should sue the BBC for loss of revenue. The other question that begs answering is why do this at Christmas which is a high-viewing period when families are all together, viewing special Christmas programmes, and not in summer when fewer people watch TV. This seems like a deliberate act on the part of the BBC. If they had to fight on an even playing field like other channels and could not rely on government funding, the BBC would not survive. What is the BBC doing with the revenue from TV licences?
The scourge of dog mess
We have just spent a wonderful ten days in Puerto Pollensa and the weather was great: not much open but then not many tourists around.
However, once again, everywhere we walked there was dog poo on the paths. Interestingly, we had a peaceful walk around Barcares, which is on the coast just behind Alcudia old town, and we found a notice attached to a lamp post. We marvelled at the initiative but did wonder if this was official practice in Alcudia or just locals trying to protect their own paths from the dreadful Majorcan scourge of dog mess.
Please raise this problem again and draw it to the attention of Pollensa Town Hall - we would certainly prefer to see money spent on this sort of initiative rather than the millions going into the pedestrianisation system.
John T Reeves
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