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BBC not “good value for money”

August 19, 2008

The Mori poll for the Guardian suggests that while viewers enjoy the corporation’s programmes – BBC1 is by some distance the most popular channel – a large proportion do not feel the licence fee is good value for money or an appropriate way of funding the BBC. According to the figures, 41 per cent agree that the licence fee is an “appropriate” funding mechanism and 37 per cent disagree. But asked whether the licence fee is “good value for money”, 47 per cent disagree, with more than half of those disagreeing strongly.

Meanwhile former Culture Secretary Chris Smith has backed the idea of ';top slicing' the licence fee to fund Channel 4

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