Auditor to open BBC books

Turner, Mimi
May 2003
Hollywood Reporter -- International Edition;5/27/2003, Vol. 378 Issue 41, p6
The National Audit Office (NAO) in Great Britain will gain access to the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC)'s account books for the first time. The move signals government support for the view that the BBC's annual $3.92 billion in license fee income is not open to sufficient scrutiny. It comes despite BBC protestations that all its operations are fully accountable. The news of the NAO's involvement emerged after the government accepted an amendment to the Communications Bill currently going through Great Britain's second chamber, the House of Lords. The amendment was put forward at the committee stage of the bill in the Lords and will see the NAO carry out an audit on the BBC's efficiency.


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