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Mark Thompson on the future of the BBC

Mark Thompson talks to Prospect about the licence fee, Britain, the future of broadcasting—and why he's not dumbing down.

By prospect   July 2009

You can also read John Lloyd’s accompanying feature on the future of public service broadcasting for free on our website here

Prospect (P): Let’s start with the license fee and its long term viability. Some critics say it can’t last.

Mark Thompson (MT): The big question here is whether the British public want to pool their resources to pay something valuable that they can all use. In the 1980s, people like Professor Alan Peacock argued that the BBC’s reach and the value of what its did would be eroded by the number of choices offered by digital television, and that…

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