The BBC considers online advertisements
The BBC is apparently considering the introduction of advertisements on its international website. Users in the UK pay for service with their license fee (like the television fee we discussed in class), and the BBC argues that international users should share the cost. They are running an article about a coalition that is petitioning them to reconsider their plan. This gets back to the debate about the relative merits of market-driven and state-sponsored media, and whether the public interest is well served in either case. I would be a little distressed to see ads on BBC (my homepage) but I realize that without them, BBC is the exception and not the rule.