The Daily Mirror have published a story claiming that 59% of the programmes on the BBC’s two main channels over Christmas have aired before.
In return, the BBC have sent the Daily Mirror the exact same response they sent last year – when asked to comment on a near-identical story.
John O’Connell, chief of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “No one minds a re-run of a classic film or an episode of Only Fools and Horses, but when there is so little original content at this time of year, licence fee payers might be feeling a bit short changed over the festive period.”
He said. Predictably.
An unprecedented number of complaints have been received by the BBC – with angry license fee payers calling in their thousands on Monday to demand a refund of the half-a-penny it costs them to have a license fee on Christmas Day.
“The only time that our switchboard wasn’t completely rammed was between 7.30 and 8pm – but that’s understandable – we were running that old episode of Dad’s Army everyone loves” said a spokesperson.
The Daily Mail have since repeated the Daily Mirror’s story, but it’s not clear if they are repeating the story from 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 or 2014.