OFCOM PSB Review 4: “Has Anyone Got Any Better Ideas?”

May 22, 2008

From OFCOM’s PSB review blog:

It was also apparent at the Westminster Media Forum seminar that there is a certain appeal and natural tendency to focus this debate on the future use of the licence fee. While that is obviously understandable given its legacy and its vocal supporters, it would be short-sighted to ignore the many other alternative funding sources that are available – if indeed, it is deemed by Parliament necessary to find money at all.

Direct funding, indirect benefits like access to spectrum, and levies on industry can and do already work as ways of funding public service broadcasting around the world. It would be good to see as much focus on these issues as has been given to the licence fee in this debate.

Indeed. See my anguished appeal here.

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