Think Tank Suggests BBC Should Sell Radio 1, 2
May 22, 2006 at 5:47 AM (PT)
A report by the EUROPEAN MEDIA FORUM calls for the BBC to sell its Top 40 RADIO 1 and AC RADIO 2 "as soon as possible," saying that the stations' reliance on music give them a limited public service role and that the channels "could survive quite easily in the private sector." The report by economist KEITH BOYFIELD, a response to the government's recent white paper on the renewal of the BBC's charter, suggests that the BBC could get up to a half billion pounds for the two channels.
The BBC, which operates the stations as noncommercial entities funded by the annual radio license fee, responded to the report by asserting that the two stations offer documentaries and public affairs programming as well as diverse music.