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Read this: BBC: Freeze on licence fee is an act of cultural vandalism - UK Politics, UK - The Independent

Summary: The BBC agreed to take on the funding of the World Service, having been alarmed that it might be saddled with the greater 556m-a-year cost of funding free licence fee provision for the over-75s. The BBC's bargaining position in the frantic final hours of talks this week was not strengthened by the fact that Sir Michael has already signalled his intention to leave next year. The shadow Culture Secretary also rejected the suggestion that the BBC would be able to protect programming while absorbing the cuts from its 3.6bn budget, the size of which has been criticised by some commercial rivals. - link

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