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Read this: Nick Robinsons Newslog: Carry on broadcasting

Summary: In the space of 24 hours the government has gone from proposing a plan that would have cut the BBC's budget by over a quarter to freezing the licence fee for six years, which, combined with additional costs, amounts to a 16 real terms cut in funding. Trust members argued the move would turn the BBC into an arm of the welfare state and undermine its independence. Discussions ended with all-night consideration of a package that the corporation decided would be tough, but would preserve its size and scope and guarantee its finances until after the next election. -

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