But I can’t see how anyone can argue it won’t weaken the BBC. Inevitably with top-slicing the BBC gets less money and is therefore weaker.
Top slicing also does not provide any more sources of revenue for other public service content. It’s just the same pot of money divided among more and more people.
And I would argue divided up in such a way that any content resulting would be poorer than what’s currently on offer from the BBC.
It’s the Arts Council of The Airwaves idea – which has been ruled out many many times before but seems to be back despite the fact that every time people looked at it in the past it was decided it wouldn’t work.