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By Stephen Brook: The BBC Worldwide chief executive, John Smith, has become the first executive at the corporation to support Rupert Murdoch…

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By Stephen Brook: The BBC Worldwide chief executive, John Smith, has become the first executive at the corporation to support Rupert Murdoch’s plan to charge for online content.

Smith, who runs the BBC’s commercial division, which includes magazines such as Top Gear and Radio Times and licenses BBC hits such as Strictly Come Dancing, known abroad as Dancing with the Stars, overseas, supported Murdoch’s strategy to charge for content on the internet.

The depth and breadth of the BBC’s free online offering is often cited as a major barrier to commercial operators charging for online news.

“I feel for newspapers. What has been been suggested is to get behind a paywall

This article originally appeared in © Guardian News & Media Ltd..

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