Sunday, September 27, 2015

Future Uncertain

The Bloomsbury Hotel in London may be the place to be tomorrow evening, with BBC Director of Let's-Get-a Better-White-Paper, James Purnell in the interview chair.

The weekend papers have floated more possible future depredations - a five year Charter, instead of ten, allowing the Conservatives, potentially with Osborne in Number 10, to come back for more cash later, selling off BBC Worldwide and the fledgling BBC Studios.

John Whittingdale's words now have to be studied very carefully - he didn't quite say flogging C4 was off the agenda, but many of us assumed that's what he meant. So let's hope Mr Purnell's Media Society interlocutor probes on Mr Purnell's current discussions, in Westminster (and Scotland). And perhaps he could also help us understand how the licence-fee loophole on catch-up might be closed.

The interviewer is Clive Jones, former CEO of Carlton TV (when David Cameron was his Head of Communications, and his wife was Fern Britton).

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