Description: DAVID CAMERON, the British prime minister, was in Brussels meeting the press last October when he took a few moments to make fun of the British Broadcasting Corporation. â€œGood to see that costs are being controlled everywhere,â€ Mr. Cameron said as he directed a mocking glance at three BBC correspondents, each from a different BBC program, covering his news conference. The implication: Considering that the BBC has agreed to freeze most of its public funding for six years, effectively sentencing itself to a 16 percent budget cut through 2017, it surely could have looked harder at its staffing needs for the event.
Questions for discussion:
- How should government approach the financing of public bodies, like the BBC?
- Would a public/private arrangement be better than the current structure?
- Which financial metrics should be employed to monitor the performance of the BBC besides top-level across the board budget cuts?
- Should government be more directly involved in selecting how to allocate available funds?