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Public Service Broadcasting Funding - an answer

A 3% tax on Sky and Virgin subscriptions would bring in 150 million needed to support Channel 4.

A 3% tax on Sky and Virgin subscriptions would bring in 150 mil
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There is a PSB funding option that no-one seems to be considering. It's a really, really, simple obvious one. It re-distributive, simple to implement, almost a no brainer, logical, doesn't hurt the BBC, no selling off of Chris Moyles and Terry Wogan. And here it is:


Sky subscribers: Q4 2007, 8,297,000 Annual revenue per unit: 421

Total Sky subscription revenues: 3493.037m

Virgin subscribers: Q4 2007, 3,478,100 Annual revenue per unit: 507

Total Sky subscription income: 1763.346m

Total income from television subscriptions: 5256.383m

Revenue required to support Channel 4 or PSB Publisher etc: 150m

Tax on subscriptions would be: 150/5256.383 = 2.85%

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