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Greater independence called for at BBC

The BBC should link its licence fee to viewers' ability to pay and overhaul its self-regulatory board of governors.

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The radical rethink comes from the Institute for Public Policy Research, a leading think tank in a report to be published tomorrow.

From Public Service Broadcasting to Public Service Communications will demand greater independence for the governors of the public broadcaster.

However, the IPPR, which is seen as having the ear of the prime minister, fell short of calling for watchdog Ofcom to scrutinise the role of the BBC.

Its report is likely to increase the spotlight on the governors in the run up to the publication of the findings of Lord Hutton’s inquiry into the outing of David Kelly, expected next month.

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