“I am concerned that in too many of its non-core activities, particularly on the internet, it is stifling the growth of innovative new companies that simply cannot compete with BBC budgets.
“For example, the BBC’s licence-fee funded ability to hand out quality content free online makes it very difficult for others to move into the new video download market."
I certainly think that the BBC needs to be careful to stick to its public-service remit of fixing market failure in broadcasting. I cannot see how launching competitors to services such as MySpace achieves this goal.
However, making available content from the Beeb's archives under Creative Commons-style licences will be a huge boost to creativity in the UK and give licence-fee payers access to the content they have already funded. I hope the Conservatives do not fall into the trap of attacking this project simply because it upsets large commercial players such as Rupert Murdoch.