BBC suspends its education Web site

On March 20, the BBC will suspend its $289 BBC Jam, which provides free educational content for children in the 5-16 age group, following complaints made to the European Commission that the site unfairly impacts the commercial market for such content. The BBC made the announcement after discussions among the U.K. government, the EC and the BBC Trust, the independent governing body that in January replaced the BBC's Board of Governors. The EC has received a number of complaints alleging that the publicly funded BBC Jam, which has about 170,000 registered users and is operated by about 200 BBC employees, damages the interests of the commercial sector.

"Whilst we are not currently in a position to determine whether the BBC is noncompliant, as alleged by the industry to the EC, we cannot ignore the allegations facing the BBC right now," the BBC's acting chairman, Chitra Bharucha, said in a statement.

News source: News.com

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I don't live in Europe, but I hate the EU just as much as you guys. Europe seriously needs some sort of protest group to fight this EU crap. Maybe the US and Europe could join up and fight these crackheads side-by-side. And after that, target the RIAA and other such bullsh-- organizations. LONG LIVE FREEDOM DAMNIT

The EU is todays USSR ... we won't be able to protest from the inside.

The EU is Europe ... we have fallen to this supra-national dictatorship.

As much as I hate the BBC, and its left-wing bias that is basically Fox News for liberals ... the fact the EU punish success is a reason the economies of Spain and Portugal, aswell as other European markets, are as much in the sh*thouse as they are ...


We punish successful companies, we punish successful state-owned entities, the only thing we don't punish is the super-sized bureaucracy that is the EU, intent on making it the only thing in the lifes of its citizens.

Want TV? Goto the EU. Want a website? Goto the EU. Want food? Goto the EU.

Its turning to communist China ... now what we once got from state-owned companies, companies we begrudgling had to rely on for information and services, are being replaced by supra-national communism.

The fact a court higher than the British, has any influence in Britain, is a sign of the idiotic nature of the EU ... if the British people don't have a problem, f*ck off you european tw*ts.

SimpleRules said,
As much as I hate the BBC, and its left-wing bias that is basically Fox News for liberals ... the fact the EU punish success is a reason the economies of Spain and Portugal, aswell as other European markets, are as much in the sh*thouse as they are ...

So full of ____, the BBC is not the left-wing equivalent of Fox News, if you believe that then you must be a Daily Mail reader. You obvisouly know very little about the Portuguese economy if you think that the EU has had a negative effect on Portugal; if anything it has been extremely positive. Just superficially you can see the benefits in transport and infrastructure, without the EU no BRISA motorways, the Sintra-Lisbon trainline would not have received the much needed funding and is, in my opinion, a great example of how the EU can help less developed countries. An upgrade to that line was desperately needed and now it's very efficient and the carriages are holding up well to the wear and tear.

The additional stations added to the Metro are also yet further proof that this extra investment from the EU is continuing to help. In fact, the newest countries joining the EU are going to have an effect on Portugal as it will no longer be one of the most poor countries in the EU and therefore will not receive as much funidng as before.

beardedwonder said,

So full of ____, the BBC is not the left-wing equivalent of Fox News, if you believe that then you must be a Daily Mail reader. You obvisouly know very little about the Portuguese economy if you think that the EU has had a negative effect on Portugal; if anything it has been extremely positive. Just superficially you can see the benefits in transport and infrastructure, without the EU no BRISA motorways, the Sintra-Lisbon trainline would not have received the much needed funding and is, in my opinion, a great example of how the EU can help less developed countries. An upgrade to that line was desperately needed and now it's very efficient and the carriages are holding up well to the wear and tear.

The additional stations added to the Metro are also yet further proof that this extra investment from the EU is continuing to help. In fact, the newest countries joining the EU are going to have an effect on Portugal as it will no longer be one of the most poor countries in the EU and therefore will not receive as much funidng as before.

The EU has helped Portugal, but still its an unproductive drain.

I only care about this from the British prespective, I don't care what our money has done for the Portugese, I don't want our money to go them ... they can work for it, they are hardly an asset to us ... they're just little children who can't be bothered to work, who live on a free pass.

Investment from the EU? You mean money they take off us? Why should our money go to Portugal? Or Spain? Its ok your country is a crap hole, take another 4 hour break!

The BBC isn't as biased as Fox, but it doesn't provide anything new ... it isn't somehow above bias.

SimpleRules said,
The EU has helped Portugal, but still its an unproductive drain.

I only care about this from the British prespective, I don't care what our money has done for the Portugese, I don't want our money to go them ... they can work for it, they are hardly an asset to us ... they're just little children who can't be bothered to work, who live on a free pass.

Investment from the EU? You mean money they take off us? Why should our money go to Portugal? Or Spain? Its ok your country is a crap hole, take another 4 hour break!

The BBC isn't as biased as Fox, but it doesn't provide anything new ... it isn't somehow above bias.


Well now we see your true colours and that you're actually a bigot. In the first instance you pick two countries off the top of your head, which you obvisously know very little about and then claim that the EU has punished the success of their economies and now, you turn all of that on its head and launch into some nationalistic, jingoistic diatribe that would probably make the BNP proud.

beardedwonder said,

Well now we see your true colours and that you're actually a bigot. In the first instance you pick two countries off the top of your head, which you obvisously know very little about and then claim that the EU has punished the success of their economies and now, you turn all of that on its head and launch into some nationalistic, jingoistic diatribe that would probably make the BNP proud.

How am I a bigot?

The Spanish and Portugese economy are in the toilets, fact is on my side, and I don't care much for my money going to them while they take 4 hour ciestas ...

European productivity is crap ... Spain, do little work, 4 hour break, do little work ... done.

Its not bigotted to point out something that is true, we should punish failures, because Spain is one.

They haven't had a decent empire in 400 years, but then again, with 4 hour ciestas its not a suprise.

SimpleRules said,
How am I a bigot?

The Spanish and Portugese economy are in the toilets, fact is on my side, and I don't care much for my money going to them while they take 4 hour ciestas ...

European productivity is crap ... Spain, do little work, 4 hour break, do little work ... done.

Its not bigotted to point out something that is true, we should punish failures, because Spain is one.

They haven't had a decent empire in 400 years, but then again, with 4 hour ciestas its not a suprise.


Pretty much all of what you said just there makes you a bigot at best and most probably a racist. Also it's 'siesta' not ciesta.

You have proved yet again that you know extremely little, you are small minded and for some reason want to prove that to the world, so carry on but just remember that most people will either simply ignore you or laugh at you if you don't grow up.

beardedwonder said,

Pretty much all of what you said just there makes you a bigot at best and most probably a racist. Also it's 'siesta' not ciesta.

You have proved yet again that you know extremely little, you are small minded and for some reason want to prove that to the world, so carry on but just remember that most people will either simply ignore you or laugh at you if you don't grow up.

Bigot? Racist?

Come on ... can you explain why, point the quotes out to me? No ... you're just throwing names to support your feeble point.

Spain and Portugal have weak economies, the EU might be good for them, but they're taking money off nations with decent economies to do it ... I don't want that, I don't want to work, be taxed and have that go to Spain because they have an unproductive nation and a poor economy.

I didn't say the Spanish people, or all Portugese, or blacks or whatever, I said what is proofably true if you take your head out of the sand ... look at the statistics, and you'd see ... Spain = poor economy.

I'm sorry if it hurts your liberals feelings to rank people by how successful they are, I know somebody has to fail for somebody to be succesful - it must tear you up in side, but Spain isn't doing a good job and they're doing it on our money.

What do I need to open my mind up to? Spain has a poor economy, it is a fact ... open your mind to the real world, and not some fairly land with socialism.

SimpleRules said,
European productivity is crap ... Spain, do little work, 4 hour break, do little work ... done.

Its not bigotted to point out something that is true, we should punish failures, because Spain is one.

They haven't had a decent empire in 400 years, but then again, with 4 hour ciestas its not a suprise.

EDIT: Forgot to add 'proofably true'! Are you taking the Michael? I now know that i no longer need to carry on arguing, it seems like you're taking the p*ss out of 'foreigners' because you think it's 'cool'. I think you should learn 'English' before you start taking the mick out of others. I doubt you actually work and am pretty sure you're just a kid, if you do work i have no idea how you managed it with your obviously poor grasp of the English language as well as history, basic economics and Europe.

god I hate the EU, the bbc are helping so many students get the results, what about all this helping people from poorer backgrounds. Its people from poorer backgrounds and schools that will suffer the most.

It's catch 22.

Anti-virus companies complained to the EU that Windows Vista x64 didn't allow access to the kernel for their anti-virus programs. So by making things insecure by granting access, we have to use anti-virus programs to help protect it! :P

That is a little out of order, I pay my TV License (as do most of the county) and the services we get are what make me continue paying. The education website, which was known as Bitesize before helped me pass all my Exams. This is a little bit of EU Greed don't you think?