BBC Gathers Ammunition for Digital Battle

25 April 2006

   LONDON - The UK's publicly-funded broadcaster claims that nearly half of all viewers oppose the government's plan to use its licence fee income to subsidise the digital switchover.
   A survey commissioned by the BBC reports 47% of licence payers object to the plan, which could cost as much as £800 million (€$1.43bn; €1.15bn).
   Culture media and sport secretary Tessa Jowell, however, is determined the BBC shall pay for the switchover - due to be completed by 2012 - citing former broadcasting innovations, such as colour TV, previously borne by the broadcaster.