In Canada, we have the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It's kind of like the BBC (except that it's pathetically bad for everything except sports), in that it is a not-for-profit enterprise. However, it is supported by taxpayers directly. By the TV license, the BBC is supposedly supported mostly by people who actually watch it.
If all I had to watch was the CBC, I'd certainly not bother buying a TV.
A bit OT, but I actually like the CBC. It has good documentaries on sometimes, and also I have a liiiittle crush on George Stromboulopolous
And there's Air Farce, 22 Minutes and Rick Mercer.
What I love about the CBC is it is a solid proponent for Canada and our culture in TV programming. I saw Peter Mansbridge in person lecturing at U. of Calgary when I was a student there. Did I mention that he's sexy??
They have the most on location news reporters around the world than any Canadian network. In fact, CBC was the first to report
the VTech shooting.
When G. Bush visited Canada a few years ago, Lloyd Robertson lead into his broadcast with the visit of the President. CBC lead in with the death of Pierre Burton, a Canadian icon author and the story of Bush visiting 2nd. Canada comes first on CBC. I like that.