Read this: BBC offers to pay for World Service to avoid licence fee raid | Media | guardian.co.uk
Summary: Mark Thompson willing to pay some or all of 300m annual costs of running the World Service. That would be an alternative to making the BBC pay out 556m to fund the costs of free television licences for anywhere home to an elderly person a bill that may force existing television and radio budgets to be slashed. By contrast, if the BBC were forced to fund the cost of free TV licences for the elderly there would be no benefit for most viewers on screen or on air. - guardian.co.ukRead full article: BBC offers to pay for World Service to a…
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