New vision

This report from the UK think tank IEA looks at transforming the BBC into a subscriber-owned mutual.

Broadcasting policy should be freed from the control of government and vested interests and the BBC transformed into a subscriber-owned mutual argues a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs published today. ‘New Vision: Transforming the BBC into a subscriber-owned mutual’, written by IEA Senior Academic Fellow Professor Philip Booth, argues that the justifications for state intervention in broadcasting used by government, Ofcom, and the BBC are outdated and do not reflect present-day society or technology. The report argues that the BBC’s audience is becoming increasingly narrow – with a perceived white, middle-class, south east bias – and the explosion in other television channels which create high-quality, entertaining, and educational programmes without state subsidy make the current funding model anachronistic.

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