BBC 'not stifling competition'The BBC’s governing body has concluded that the corporation’s extensive web presence is not stifling competition.
Commercial companies, who fear the oganisation’s recourse to the taxpayer money has given it an unfair advantage, have expressed their surprise at the decision by the BBC trust.
Drawing on public money, the BBC Fund revealed that the broadcaster spent £110 million last year, £36 million, or 48 per cent over budget.
In late 2007, bbc.co.uk, had 16.5 million customers, out of a total of 33 million across the country.
While veteran BBC staff member Dame Patricia Hodgson said that the website was ‘ a central part’ of the corporation and supported plans to expand it, rivals expressed their concern.
Mark Wood, chief executive of ITN, told This is London: “We are alarmed at the extent of the BBC's website funding and its ambition in the dot com world.”
The BBC’s incredible success of the iPlayer, which allows broadband customers to download or stream television programmes has also lead to calls for the BBC to pay for internet infrastructure upgrades.
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