Ofcom chief executive rejects BBC license fee claims

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Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards has rejected claims that after the switchover to digital television broadcasting was completed in 2012, the BBC would not be able to afford to surrender part of its license fee, reports The Financial Times.

Responding to chairman of the BBC Trust Sir Michael Lyon’s comment dismissing the idea of excess licence fee as ‘a myth”. Richards said: ‘Saying it (excess licence fee) doesn’t exist is not a good argument.

“The debate whether it is wise or not to use it for (funding other) public service broadcasting is a good debate. But saying switchover surplus doesn’t exist, I think, is misleading.”

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