BBC: Make it easier to axe a channel

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the BBC have held talks about changing the “public value test” – a lengthy consultation the corporation must undertake if it wants to launch or close a service, perhaps the clearest indication the corporation could close a channel to save money.

According to reports, the BBC wants to remove a stipulation that it must launch a PVT if it wants to close a service.

“DCMS has had discussions with the BBC about the PVT provisions in the BBC agreement but no decisions have been reached,” said the department.

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