For the price of a pint of beer per week you have access to the comprehensive Iplayer, all radio programmes for at least a week, 7+ radio stations & local ones, 6ish TV channels and a web site that is worth the licence fee on it's own. Stop moaning, start using.
I'd much rather pay my licence fee and have BBC radio able to play any music it likes than have advertising on the radio so the stations are forced to play whatever music the sponsors feel is appropriate, which is then interrupted by 2 minutes of adverts every 10 minutes.
But I think part of the license fee also goes to broadcasters besides the BBC.
It is expensive, and in any organisation you will have a level of wastage or irresponsible spending, but if the fee was optional, meaning you would only get the services if you pay the fee, I would pay it every time. As mentioned above it's great value for money, and I use at least one service every day. The fact that the fee is enforced doesn't bother me in the slightest. As G above said, you have to pay it so why not make the most out of it?
£145 wouldn't get me the variety of music I get from listening to Mark Radcliffe in the evening, and I would also have to spend some money on buying DVDs to watch to replace all the TV programs I'd miss out on.
If you ask people from other countries they will all express envy for the BBC.
I'd like to see Sky struggle along if subscribers only paid £12 a month.
It seems many people on this forum are suffering from the "grass is always greener" syndrome. Their glasses aren't only half empty, but what's left is sour as well.
I'm seriously considering joining a Daily Mail forum just to cheer myself up...