[p2p-research] Slashdot | James Murdoch Criticizes BBC For Providing "Free News"

Paul D. Fernhout pdfernhout at kurtz-fernhout.com
Sat Aug 29 23:46:37 CEST 2009

"News Corporation's James Murdoch says that a 'dominant' BBC threatens 
independent journalism in the UK and that free news on the web provided by 
the BBC made it 'incredibly difficult' for private news organizations to ask 
people to pay for their news. 'It is essential for the future of independent 
digital journalism that a fair price can be charged for news to people who 
value it,' says Murdoch. 'The expansion of state-sponsored journalism is a 
threat to the plurality and independence of news provision.' In common with 
the public broadcasting organizations of many other European countries, the 
BBC is funded by a television license fee charged to all households owning a 
television capable of receiving broadcasts. Murdoch's News Corporation, one 
of the world's largest media conglomerates, owns the Times, the Sunday Times 
and Sun newspapers and pay TV provider BSkyB in the UK and the New York 
Post, Wall Street Journal, and Fox News TV in the US."

Obviously, there is this peer-based news alternatives to either BBC or News 

I don't see IndyMedia complaining about the BBC. :-)

--Paul Fernhout

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