George Osbourne: BBC Trust doesn’t work

bbc-trustThe BBC Trust is likely to be replaced by Ofcom regulation if the Conservatives return to power, George Osborne has told the Radio Times.
“I’ve never understood why the BBC is so frightened of regulation by Ofcom… it’s not as if ITV is poorly regulated,” he said. “Ofcom has proved itself to be a robust regulator.”

The chancellor also said a Tory government will continue to explore alternatives to the licence fee as part of the BBC’s charter renewal discussions.
George Osborne has insisted that a Conservative government doesn’t plan to replace the licence fee.

Rona Fairhead, head of the BBC Trust, previously called for it to be shut down, arguing that that the Trust should be replaced by an external regulator.
Labour party leader Ed Miliband has indicated that he would push for the renewal of the licence fee in 2016 if he wins the general election next month.
“I think it’s incredibly important that we protect the BBC,” said Miliband. “It’s recognised around the world and is a benchmark for standards in Britain.”

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