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There is an alternative to privatising the BBC - turn it into the National Trust of the airwaves

By Alan Peacock   June 2000

I have a possible solution to the unresolved debate between Tim Congdon and Gavyn Davies about the future of the BBC (April). Both authors are kind enough to refer to the earlier efforts of the Peacock Committee (1986), but my own thoughts have progressed somewhat since our radical proposals shocked the broadcasting establishment, and successive governments cherry-picked their way through our recommendations leaving the BBC to heave a sigh of relief.

Congdon argues that the development of the broadcasting market leaves the BBC indistinguishable from other large players, but endowed with a financial advantage through the licence fee which is…

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