- In its submission to Department of Culture's BBC Funding Review Panel, the IPA has said that it does not believe there is a strong enough case for supplementary funding of the BBC licence fee.
The IPA also called into questioned how the BBC is spending its money. It pointed in particularly to the investment of £200 million per annum that the corporation is spending on developing its digital television service.
The IPA also re-itterated its belief that there should be a single external economic regulator to cover all TV, including the BBC. This regulator -- which could be the Independent Television Commission -- should decide the BBC's public service remit and lay down specific, measurable and legally-binding programme obligations, the IPA said.
The BBC is currently self-regulating, while the ITC governs commercial broadcasters.