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Read this: John Whittingdale: BBC funding still dependent on charter review

Summary: In return for taking on the cost of over-75s' licences, the BBC secured a number of measures to partly offset the funding gap, including linking the licence fee to inflation. Speaking on the panel during the recording of the show, which is to be broadcast on Tuesday morning, the BBC director of strategy, James Purnell, said he did not believe Whittingdale's statement indicated an intention to renegotiate the deal, but that if the review of the BBC did lead to a change in the funding the BBC received, the cost of providing free licences would have to be part of the debate. -

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