Tuesday, March 17, 2009

BBC Must Share in the Slowdown.

The BBC’s poll-tax on tellies should be frozen this year.

For the first time ever, the BBC’s licence fee money this year could be £1 billion more than the advertising-funded TV stations put together. Like many deals, or the congestion charge bid, the licence fee rises were negotiated before Gordon Brown's boom turned to bust. Times have changed.

We should keep that £1 billion in the real economy, where it is needed. Unlike the 2.5% reduction in VAT, where the ‘savings’ can only be really made if you still have a lot of money to spend on VAT-able goods, freezing the licence fee is a measure that will have a greater, direct impact on the less well off.

The BBC has many virtues. It is time to add 'thrift' to them.

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