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 Your general principle is correct but in actual fact the "licence fee" was reclassified as a tax by Parliament in 2006 (a move which was heavily criticised in the House of Lords), and is why the government was able to use some of the money towards things like the digital switchover etc when previously it would have been liable to pay for it out of the treasury funds.

Is that also why the BBC now meets the costs of the World Service and S4C from the licence fee whereas previously they were covered by government funding?

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Is that also why the BBC now meets the costs of the World Service and S4C from the licence fee whereas previously they were covered by government funding?

I think it probably is because previously the 'licence fee' was solely for domestic broadcasting by law, and the World Service was paid for out of central public funds. Now that the fee is a tax in statute, and therefore technically public funds, then it can also be used to pay for the World Service I assume.

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I think protocol dictates that if a senior serving politician (John Smith was leader of the opposition at the time) dies in office the prime minister is obliged to attend. It would be regarded as highly unusual had he not.

Fair enough.  I thought protocol only applied to serving prime ministers and heads of state.

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 I think it probably is because previously the 'licence fee' was solely for domestic broadcasting by law, and the World Service was paid for out of central public funds. Now that the fee is a tax in statute, and therefore technically public funds, then it can also be used to pay for the World Service I assume.

 

I think it's possible that the BBC was obliged to cover the cost of the World Service, whilst not getting an increase in the licence fee  to oblige Mr Murdoch.

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Saintslass, l'angelo, either get a room and quarrel in private, or put each other on ignore, because this is getting REALLY REALLY tedious now. :angry:

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Edit I've just realised you are the Landlord in Witch case ................ Can we ave a lock in

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