Defiantly non-premium member
I've heard that argument, but many people already regard it as the government's mouthpiece, which to some extent it undeniable is. Given the huge increase in sources of information since the BBC was set up, I don't think that's nearly as persuasive an argument as it once was.It wins a charter, with the fee set, then has a certain amount of autonomy in how that fee is spent. Direct funding from the tax payer would end any kind of distance between it and the govt and any pretence that it is anything other than the govt's mouthpiece.
And the benefits of switching to funding from taxation definitely outweigh the arguments against, IMO