Re: Privatise it
"Equal time on air to both? Surely that's the definition of balanced reporting"
Only if they are equally deserving or equally legitimate. There was a time when the BBC felt that they had to give any loon with a dissenting voice equal time to the accepted scientific or otherwise evidence-based view.
I understand that this is no longer the case.
It seems that the BBC get accused of bias from various parts of the political spectrum, which suggests to me that they are pretty much unbiased.
However even if not, this should be addressed itself, rather than attacking the BBC as a concept. Publicly funded public broadcasting which has something for everyone (note, not "you will like everything") can only be a good thing and the BBC have some great stuff, as well as some stuff I consider awful but hey, you can watch Mrs. Brown's Boys if you really want.