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Published on July 9th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

TARDIS Moneybags

Doctor Who’s success is being attributed as the main reason for a recent announcement from BBC Worldwide of record breaking profilts.

Despite the cost of the licence fee the BBC’s director general, Mark Thompson, argued that BBC Worldwide – the organisation’s commercial arm – has a duty to maximise profits to reinvest on behalf of licence feepayers.

Of course, if the BBC are making as much as the figures suggest – 17% increase in operating profits to £117.7m and a 13% increase in sales to £916m – the actual point and value of the licence fee looks ever more contentious.

And I’m one of those that thinks the licence fee is a good thing.

Yet more weaponry in these figures for licence fee bashers…

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.



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