Supplementary Lords comments on BBC Charter review

Second report (59 pages, PDF) of the House of Lords select committee on the review of the BBC Charter. The committee has also published the evidence heard (488 pages, 3.5M PDF). The report focuses on the licence fee, suggesting that, as a tax, it should be set by Parliament, questioning inflation indexation (which, in the authors' view, ignores the scope for economies and efficiency gains), criticising Government plans to fund aspects of digital switch-over through the licence fee, and suggesting a greater role for the NAO. The report also comments on a variety of other matters including the move to Manchester, football and cricket rights, BBC World and religious programming.

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