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BBC dealt online ultimatum

 8:41 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

MediaGuardian [media.guardian.co.uk]

Culture secretary Tessa Jowell today told the BBC that it has until June to prepare a submission justifying the 112m it spends each year on its online and interactive services ahead of an independent government review



 11:27 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

You have to bear in mind that the Guardian Group is also a member of BIPA, which as you know has been lobbying hard against the BBC's web operations for some time. This is hardly new news - if you start looking into their archive on stories about BBCi you'll see that Tessa Jowell actually announced this review in February 2002, with the quote:

"A review of BBC online will be undertaken as part of the rolling programme of reviews of the new digital services, announced as part of the licence fee settlement in February 2000."

And I always smile when I see them quote time and again that the BBC "runs over 25,000 websites". I'm not quite sure where they get that figure from - given that the entire BBC (including TV & Radio division) has in the region 25,000 staff it suggests they all have a website each to run, let alone make the programmes.


 11:42 am on Apr 15, 2003 (gmt 0)


I hear what you are saying and when I posted I got a sense that I had been in the same situation before:


Good point about BIPA

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