More NewsBBC under fire over digital costs

BBC under fire over digital costs

More disclosure demanded from broadcaster on ITV collaboration

MPs have criticised the BBC for refusing to reveal the costs of a joint
venture with ITV in their annual report and accounts.

The latest criticism of BBC transparency came because the national
broadcaster declined to give information on ‘Freesat’, a digital television
reception service.

The BBC would not to give any details on the grounds of commercial
confidentiality.

The culture, media and sport committee said one reason the BBC trust had
approved Freesat was that a national satellite-based free-to-view service
represented good value and ‘given this, we believe it is not reasonable to
withhold information about the contribution of the licence fee payer to the
Freesat service.’

The service is expected to launch in the Spring of 2008.

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