Tories Would Close BBC Website If Elected

The Conservative party in UK would switch off a swath of the BBC’s digital services, including its website and the youth channel BBC3, if it won the next general election. The Shadow Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, said to Guardian: “They [the newspaper sites] are essentially trying to provide for the same market and therefore you can argue why does the licence fee payers need to be financing the BBC to do it when there are other commercial organisations who are doing the same thing.”

Independent UK: “His proposal was greeted with interest by rival news website operators, some of which suffer heavy losses. Tim Faircliff, operations director of, said the BBC site should be allowed to stay open but ‘we would like to have a level playing field’. In particular, there should be a clampdown of cross-promotion of the website on radio and television.”


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