31/03/2008

Conservatives Announce Plans To Split Licence Fee Cash

The Conservatives have laid out new proposals for the licence fee proceeds to be "top-sliced".

The proposals would mean that a proportion of the licence fee could be given to other broadcasters, instead of the BBC receiving the full amount.

Under the plans, the BBC would still receive the majority of the money, but other broadcasters would be able to apply for funds.

The plans are put forward in a research paper, which was launched by Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt today.

The report, which lays out the Tories' plans for the future of public service broadcasting, says: "Other organisations should only be able to bid for licence fee money in specific areas where plurality of provision was lacking, with the BBC continuing to receive the vast bulk of the licence fee."

(KMcA)


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