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John Whittingdale as Culture Secretary: A Declaration of “War” on the BBC?

Former chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport committee, and avowed anti-BBC politician John Whittingdale, has been appointed Culture Secretary in the Conservative Party’s victorious post-election Cabinet reshuffle. The dangers to the BBC’s continued reliance on the licence fee and its survival as a non-commerical broadcaster are quite obvious. Whittingdale’s previous criticisms of the BBC…

Where Are The Savings?

A freeze on the price of the television and radio licence fee has been announced by the BBC – a factor that could have consequences for various aspects of the network’s broad output. The BBC Trust has cited cited “the exceptional pressures that the current economic climate is placing on licence fee payers” as reasoning…

Doctor Who & the Licence Fee

It’s all go in Edinburgh this weekend as the International Television Festival pushes on, with big talks by BBC Director General Mark Thompson and an appearance by Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat. All focus – thanks to the Murdoch-backed media and a few pointless cases – is on the BBC licence fee, and whether it…

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