UK's Jeremy Corbyn proposes creation of BBC sister company, British Digital Corporation

The Labour Party leader reportedly said the new company could be funded by a tax on technology companies

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Aug 24, 2018 8:54 AM

UK’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has reportedly proposed the launch of a sister company to the BBC, named British Digital Corporation (BDC).

According to media reports, Corbyn has said that the new company could be funded by a tax on technology companies. Corbyn proposed the idea during his Alternative MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival recently.

As per Corbyn’s proposal, BDC would be a free-to-access service alongside the BBC. Media reports quoted Corbyn as saying that he has proposed the idea of BDC to “generate thinking around a public sector body taking advantage of new technology.”

Besides being an organisation that would commission content, BDC might also create a secure social media platform that would rival existing social media giants, he reportedly said. He was further quoted as saying that he did not want the public realm to sit back and "watch as a few mega tech corporations hoover up digital rights, assets and ultimately our money".

Talking about the funding for the new channel, Corbyn reportedly said that it would get money by a "digital licence fee" that would be collected from “few tech giants and unaccountable billionaires” who “control huge swathes of our public space and debate”.

The Leader of Opposition also made several other suggestions on BBC in his lecture. One of them was that the corporation could be freed from government governance by having the taxpayer elect representatives to its board.
Media report did not have any reaction from BBC on Corbyn’s proposals.

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