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By only criticism is, it would have been better to do it and then
concluded what financial settlement was appropriate for the BBC. We
actually did it the other way round. And it is hard to comment on it.
One was the recent board Hoddle blunder and accepted what the
Government wanted ultimately. The previous board threatened
resignation and the Government backed off. So it's very important
that we should know how tough a BBC Chair would be in dealing with the
government, because it has financial indications. For example, I've been
told that the BBC now plans, as a result of this financial settlement
and the limitations of it, to scrap Radio 2 overnight broadcasting
completely. Which of course is a very big deal. They're just going to
run repeats. And that is because of these cuts. So it will have a real
effect on programme making. Well, you want to know what my attitude
will be. The next occasion this is going to arise is in 2022. The
licence fee will come up for renewal. The charter requires a much
better process, nevertheless in the end it will be for ministers to
determine what it shall be. But we will have a debate, and I think this
committee has a role to play in that, to make sure there is a proper
debate. Nevertheless, I'm clear... That's where we have to leave our
live coverage from the silly committee rooms. You can continue
watching this session online on our website. -- from the select