The BBC’s White Paper was finally revealed to the British House of Commons in March. Titled ‘A public service for all: the BBC in the digital age,’ the paper sets the stage for the Beeb’s charter renewal at the end of the year. British Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, who made the presentation, said the BBC’s main priorities should be to inform, educate and – most especially – to entertain. The paper pointed to acclaimed series Life on Earth as well as Strictly Come Dancing as shows to which the Beeb should aspire.
Sadly for punters hoping for a few extra pounds in their pockets, the paper also confirmed that the BBC’s license fee should remain, as it is the ‘least worst’ way to fund the Corporation.