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The BBC’s online news presence is set to come under scrutiny in the upcoming charter review, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has confirmed.
During a Parliamentary debate yesterday, Whittingdale was questioned on plans for the corporation by nearly 30 MPs, including two who focused on the impact of the BBC on newspaper websites.
And editorials in five national newspapers in the last two days – the Daily Mail, Sun, Times, Daily Telegraph and Financial Times – have backed Chancellor George Osborne’s criticism of the BBC’s online “imperialism”.
Former BBC director-general Lord Birt has hit out at the "deeply shocking" announcement that the corporation will fund TV licences for over-75s.
Current director-general Lord Hall has described the agreement as the "right deal" in "difficult circumstances".
Yesterday, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale told the House of Commons that the corporation has agreed to fully fund free TV licences for over-75s from 2020/21.
The BBC has agreed to fully fund free TV licences for over-75s from 2020/21, the Culture Secretary has said.
It is part of a deal which would see the BBC also benefit from a reduction in the amount of licence fee income used to pay for broadband roll-out, from £150m to nothing in 2020/2021. There will also be a return to inflation-based licence fee increases and a change in the law to ensure the licence fee covers those who only access catch-up TV.
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The final News of the World journalist to be convicted for his role in the phone-hacking scandal has been spared jail.
Features editor Jules Stenson is the ninth former News of the World staffer convicted for involvement in hacking.
Last December, Stenson, 49, from Battersea, south west London, pleaded guilty to plotting to hack phones between 1 January 2003 and 26 January 2007 in the wake of a string of his former colleagues' convictions.