BBC should charge for online services

David Allen -

The BBC should start charging for its online services such as the iPlayer and BBC News, according to the boss of Five, Dawn Airey.

The BBC is fast becoming a victim of its online success, with iPlayer a great example for all to see, and this online expansion just keeps growing.

The issue for other online content providers is that while they have to raise funds through advertising, and possibly subscriptions, the BBC is using the TV Licence fee to fund its online activities.

This is why those in the commercial sector are finding the BBC’s growth unacceptable and why some leaders in the commercial sector feel that the BBC’s online activities should not be funded with TV Licence money, but rather through subscriptions.

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