We've already been over their news bias elsewhere on this website. But can you complain much seeing as they also have a state-sponsored relgion (Church of England)? At least they have balance in hteir government institutions. My argument wasn't that 5 channels make you smarter, I'm saying their programming is not the drivel you get in this country. It's socially beneficial in most cases, TV shows about DIY home improvement, cooking shows, first class world news, children's programming, documentaries, sports, the odd soap opera, and none of it interrupted by product placement. PBS is decent but can't even compare. Neither can NBC, ABC, or CBS, they are too busy chasing advertising dollars and giving us too many helpings of their shows (Friends was about 6 seasons too long, the Simpsons should have been taken out to pasture 10 years ago, etc...) If you were a child raised on BBC programming you would be all the better for it. Or Canadian Broadcasting which is very similar in content and format.