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OFCOM Challenge BBC Over Claims Public Awareness Has Never Been Higher

The OFCOM chairman David Currie has taken the unusual step of questioning the results of a recent report by the BBC in which the corporation claims a unique link with viewers because of greater transparency and reporting. The BBC claims that the vast majority of licence fee payers have more confidence in the broadcaster than ever before, a point which David Currie is arguing strongly against.

The licence fee has been something of a political hot potato over the last few years with various reorganisations and scandals seemingly common place within the BBC. We had the phone in scandal whereby a number of competitions were seemingly rigged to ensure maximum income, and recorded programs advertised as live.

There is a growing feeling in the industry that the licence fee should be abolished at some stage or viewers given more access to the inner workings of the BBC and the material which it produces. Salaries at the corporation have also been a very sore point with a number of executives in some way involved in recent scandals at the BBC seemingly receiving large pay rises and bonuses, while the licence fee continues to rise. Whether viewers are receiving value for money is a very controversial subject in deed!

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