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Public service narrowcasting

Multi-channel television and the internet are killing public service broadcasting as we have known it. Instead, let's use the subsidy to turn Britain's remarkable creative and artistic talents into public service "narrowcasters"

By Peter Bazalgette   February 2009

It seemed like a good idea at the time. The Royal Television Society asked me to speak at their dinner on a chilly evening last April. The brief was: be provocative and tell us how to reform public service broadcasting. Taking them at their word, I proposed the privatisation of Radios 1 and 2 plus Channel 4 and the release of ITV and Five from their public service obligations. With this money, and a small “top slice” of the BBC’s licence fee, we would fund new types of public service content on the internet and elsewhere. And, as a final…

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