ITV and Sky News both covered those virus briefings, and there have been half-hour documentaries on the subject on ITV, Channel 4 and I think Channel 5 as well.
Sorry, but I don't buy the idea that the Beeb is indispensible. I have no problem with the channels continuing to exist, as long as you can opt out of paying if you don't want to use its services.
It's not only the political bias that gets to people. Not everyone likes their programmes, and the increasing political correctness being deployed by the Corporation is very off-putting for many. Maybe there should be a new channel designed to cater for the snowflakes and all that annoying stuff could be put on there. BBC Woke?
BBC before 9 pm isn’t worth watching and is less appealing now after then than it used to be.