The BBC needs to make the licence fee more logical and explicit

Alps, Tess
June 2009
Media Week;6/23/2009, Issue 1214, p15
Trade Publication
The author comments on the objection of Michael Lyons, chairman of the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) trustees, to the proposal of the "Digital Britain" report to use the digital dividend awarded to the BBC to facilitate the digital media switchover by 2012. She relates that Lyons wants to give back the money to licence fee-payers. She outlines the argument raised by BBC regarding the use of the digital dividend. The author argues that BBC has tainted the licence fee when it accepted the government task and cash for the digital switchover.


Related Articles

  • WORLDWIDE STRUGGLE. Clarke, Steve // Daily Variety;12/12/2008, Vol. 301 Issue 50, p19 

    The article reports on the dismissal of the British Broadcasting Corp.'s (BBC's) plan to turn over its BBC Worldwide to Channel 4. According to BBC Trust chairman Michael Lyons, if Worldwide will be taken away, there will be nothing else left for BBC. In addition, the British company also offers...

  • Digital Media and the Future of Quality Broadcasting. THOMPSON, MARK // Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society;Jun2009, Vol. 153 Issue 2, p140 

    The article presents a speech given by Mark Thompson, Director-General of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to the American Philosophical Society on November 9, 2007 as part of the symposium "The Future of Information." He examines the characteristics of broadcasting brought about by...

  • In The News.  // Media Week;11/25/2008, Issue 1188, p8 

    This section offers news briefs on the mass media industry. The BBC Trust has been convinced by the media sector to reject its £68 million plan for a nationwide network of local online news services. Viewers can already watch BBC channels live online from November 27, 2008. According to a...

  • Massive transformation in the way a broadcaster works. Pennington, Adrian // TVB Europe;Oct2010, p36 

    The article reports on the move of British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) to overhaul its entire business and production practices. According to John Linwood, who is tasked with reforming the company's outsourcing and supplier management practices, the role of technology is becoming more important in...

  • BBC's free-to-air initiative poses challenge to Sky. Reid, Alasdair // Campaign;5/7/2004, Issue 19, p12 

    Even if a British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) platform fails, the Sky brand could suffer as well. The BBC's document, the Digital Switchover Report, published last week, seems relatively innocuous from a Sky point of view. The report addresses the issue of reaching sufficient digital penetration in...

  • notebook. Millard, Rosie // New Statesman;11/21/2005, Vol. 134 Issue 4767, p41 

    This article reports on the media in England, particularly in London. According to the author, the British media are almost wholly based in London and tend to neglect much of what is going on outside of the city. The BBC has decided to move some of its departments to Manchester, located in the...

  • IN BRIEF.  // Campaign;7/22/2005, Issue 30, p8 

    This article presents news briefs related to the media industry. Michael Grade, chairman of British Broadcasting Corp., has vowed eventually to make BBC1 and BBC2 repeat-free channels. Unilever PLC's Birds Eye has become the first advertiser to sponsor a feature section within Sky Active, Sky's...

  • Study sez Beeb pay is not extravagant. Clarke, Steve // Daily Variety;6/3/2008, Vol. 299 Issue 41, p19 

    The article reports on results of a study, commissioned by the BBC Trust and conducted by consultants Oliver and Ohlbaum, which showed that BBC talents were paid less than they could earn at commercial broadcasters in Great Britain. Trust Chairman Michael Lyons points out that company leaders...

  • Beeb takes heat as Lyons takes chair. CLARKE, STEVE // Daily Variety;4/9/2007, Vol. 295 Issue 5, p3 

    The article reports that Michael Lyons will become chairman of the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) starting May 1, 2007. Lyons is expected to set the strategic direction of the BBC via the BBC Trust, which replaced the board of governors in January. Lyons is a former non-executive director of...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics