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[阅读理解] 英语六级考试王长喜标准阅读(第48篇) 1220

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第48篇

With the start of BBC World Service Television,millions of viewers in Asia and America can nowwatch the Corporation’s news coverage, as well aslisten to it.
  And of course in Britain listeners and viewers cantune into two BBC television channels, five BBCnational radio services and dozens of local radio stations. They are brought sport, comedy,music, news and current affairs, education, religion, parliamentary coverage, children’sprograms and films for an annual license fee of 83 per household.
  It is a remarkable record, stretching back over 70 years—yet the BBC’s future is now indoubt. The Corporation will survive as a publicly-funded broadcasting organization, at least forthe time being, but its role, its size and its programs are now the subject of a nationwidedebate in Britain.
  The debate was launched by the government, which invited anyone with an opinion of theBBC—including ordinary listeners and viewers—to say what was good or bad about theCorporation, and even whether they thought if it was worth keeping. The reason for its inquiryis that the BBC’s royal charters runs out in 1996 and it must decide whether to keep theorganization as it is or to make changes.
  Defenders of the Corporation—of whom there are many—are fond of quoting the Americanslogan “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The BBC “ain’t broke”, they say, by which they mean it isnot broken (as distinct from the word “broke”, meaning having no money), or why bother tochange it?
  Yet the BBC will have to change, because the broadcasting world around it is changing. Thecommercial TV channels—ITV and Channel 4—were required by the Thatcher Government’sBroadcasting Act to become more commercial, competing with each other for advertisers, andcutting costs and jobs. But it is the arrival of new satellite channels—funded partly byadvertising and partly by viewers’ subscriptions—which will bring about the biggest change inthe long term.
  1.The world famous BBC now is confronted with ___.
  A.the problem of news coverage
  B.an uncertain prospect
  C.inquiries by the general public
  D.shrinkage of audience
  2.In the passage, which of the following about the BBC is not mentioned as the keyissue?
  A.Extension of its TV service to Far East.
  B.Programs as the subject of a nation-wide debate.
  C.Potentials for further international co-operations.
  D.Its existence as a broadcasting organization.
  3.The BBC’s “royal charter” (Paragraph 4) represents ___.
  A.the financial support from the royal family
  B.the privileges granted by the Queen
  C.a contract with the Queen
  D.a unique relationship with the royal family
  4.The word “broke” in “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” means ___.
  A.broke down
  B.bankrupt
  C.fragmented
  D.penniless
  5.The first and foremost reason why the BBC has to read just itself is no other than___.
  A.the emergence of commercial TV channels
  B.the enforcement of Broadcasting Act by the government
  C.the urgent necessity to reduce cost—and—job expenses
  D.the challenges of new satellite channels
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