Read this: John Whittingdale, the horror fan putting the frighteners on the BBC
Summary: There is no shortage of evidence that Whittingdale will take a tough line on the BBC, having said last year that the licence fee was quotWorse than the poll taxquot because there was no element of subsidy for the low-paid. More top-slicing is likely and there is the possibility that Whittingdale will revisit the idea, which he backed five years ago, of the BBC paying the pound500m cost of free TV licences for the over-75s. If the axeman cometh, then he does so with a cheery smile and a glint in his eye, a man who once said his favourite Star Trek character was The Borg, quotAn alien species which is very similar to the Whips' office a collective consciousness dedicated to the eradication of all other speciesquot. - www.theguardian.comwww.theguardian.comJohn Whittingdale, the horror fan puttin…
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