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Read this: Jeff Randall Live: BBC Director General Mark Thompson Defends Licence Fee | Business | Sky News

Summary: The Director General defended the annual 139.50 charge, saying it helps maintain the high quality of shows at a time when the rest of the broadcast sector is struggling. He pointed out that the current settlement, which runs until 2012, is currently 2.5 to 3 below inflation. Mr Thompson explained the corporation has been forced to take on extra responsibilities, such as funding schemes to ensure disadvantaged groups are not left behind in the digital switchover. - link

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