Yes, obviously, the bloke seated on the sharp pinnacle of a massive bureaucracy is going to thrash around and try any argument at all to preserve that position and that bureaucracy.
This doesn’t excuse this argle bargle from the BBC Chairman:
He argued that a move to a subscription model would mean a loss of earnings for the BBC that would lead to popular programmes being axed and that the introduction of Netflix-style payments could result in the loss of public service programming in a race to attract paying viewers.
Will you look at that? Without the licence fee we’d stop making Strictly Come Dancing ‘coz we’d have no money, so we’d have to make Strictly Come Dancing in order to make money.
Assuming it is the Beeb that makes Strictly of course but the argument stands even if it’s some other ratings hog that does.