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May 16, 2008

Five and ITV say no to Licence Fee Cash


by David Allen

As the public service broadcasting question continues, both ITV and Five have ruled themselves out of receiving any cash from the licence fee pot.

However, this would mean that both channels could be considering pulling out of public service broadcasting altogether.

It has only been Channel Four who has been voicing openly about getting a share of the cash that is generated through the licence fee.

ITV may continue to provide a news service, and possibly programmes that relate to the UK, but apart from that PSB programming would no longer be produced as a matter of course.

This would change the whole aspect TV as we know it, including the provision of children’s programmes.

As for the future of PSB, if things stay as they are, it would look like the BBC are going to be the only producers of PSB in the UK. Whether that is a good or bad thing will remain to be seen.


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