The BBC’s dominant position on the internet is destroying local newspapers and threatens national publications, the Home Secretary has warned.
Addressing the Society of Editors’ annual conference in London, Theresa May attacked the broadcaster’s ability to subsidise its online coverage with the licence fee.
Mrs May also warned the “might of the BBC” could ultimately impact on “local democracy”. The Home Secretary said local newspapers are having “a particularly hard time”.
She went on: “That’s partly been the result of the BBC’s dominant position on the internet and its ability to subsidise the provision of internet news using the licence fee.
There was, quite famously, one point at which the BBC website had more people working on it than were in all of Google.
And no, not in 1999 or whatever either. Much later than that.