Debate rages over BBC's £130m digital switchover surplus

21 Jan 2009

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Ofcom has suggested that the BBC's digital switchover surplus, worth around £130m a year, could be used as a one-off allocation to help Channel 4 secure its commercial future by striking a deal with BBC Worldwide or Channel Five.

The proposal is part of Ofcom's final recommendations after its second review of public service broadcasting.

The report also recommended that the funds could be used on an ongoing basis as "a credible funding option" to support Channel 4.

However, Lord Stephen Carter – the minister for communications, technology and broadcasting – is expected to suggest in his interim Digital Britain report next week that the switchover surplus could be used to provide broadband for all UK homes in time for the 2012 Olympics.

A third option for the surplus is to use some of it for the £30m-£50m annual fund that Ofcom has proposed to secure the long-term future of regional news.


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I hate the BBC, and the ludicrous way it is funded. Bloated with talentless 'talent' and chronically over manned in general it should be cut back to two tv and two radio channels and our licence cut to £20 a decade!

Great!!  So does that mean that the 25-35million or so households with tv in this country will get a reduction of £4-£5 on next years tv license with the left over spent on scandulous wages of some called talented celebrities....?  

I look forward to my license renewal documents arriving!! (not!)

The BBC suck in every way possible!

I legally have to pay for their stupid TV & Radio broadcasts, just so we can watch Channel 4, E4, Film4, 4music etc.

On that, we (in our house of 2 humans) watch about 1 nights worth a week of TV, because TV is generally a boring medium and there is just so much more to that is a lot more interesting.

If the quality of TV broadcast was anything close to real HD audio and visual, I might bother, but considering the digital signal we receive is always rubbish, I doubt I'll EVER bother and just wished I'd never EVER registered to pay stupid and totally pointless TV licence!

Perhaps they could give it to Jonathan Ross? Or maybe give a pay rise to some of their other 'talent' like Chris Moyles. After all, he only gets £500k a year - it barely qualifies to be called a working wage for a man to live on.

One thing is for sure though, it sure as hell won't come back to us as a license fee reduction. How much on at the bookies that they are bleeting about not having enough money and wanting a rise in the fee before the recession is over?

Bloody left-wing luvvies the lot of them.