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HonestChieffan
03-21-2011, 11:45 AM
Why....

Why, if this is a valuable technology, don't we develop it in the private sector and sell it to the BBC?


(Guardian)- The BBC World Service is to receive a “significant” sum of money from the US government to help combat the blocking of TV and internet services in countries including Iran and China.

In what the BBC said is the first deal of its kind, an agreement is expected to be signed later this month that will see US state department money – understood to be a low six-figure sum – given to the World Service to invest in developing anti-jamming technology and software.

The funding is also expected to be used to educate people in countries with state censorship in how to circumnavigate the blocking of internet and TV services.

It is understood the US government has decided the reach of the World Service is such that it makes investment worthwhile.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/mar/20/bbc-world-service-us-funding?CMP=twt_fd

The US government money comes as the World Service faces a 16% cut in its annual grant from the Foreign Office – a £46m reduction in its £236.7m budget over three years that will lead to about 650 job cuts. The money will be channelled through the World Service’s charitable arm, the World Service Trust.

Radar Chief
03-21-2011, 01:38 PM
If better funding means more episodes of Top Gear on BBCA Iím OK with it.

CrazyPhuD
03-21-2011, 01:56 PM
No offense but when it comes to developing technology, a low six figure sum for funding is pocket change. And if it IS valuable technology it's already being developed by 5+ firms. However it may not be valuable tech, limited market with limited customers. It's probably not worth a private investment.

mlyonsd
03-21-2011, 01:59 PM
If better funding means more episodes of Top Gear on BBCA Iím OK with it. A show that ran in the early 2000s' on BBCA called 'Coupling' might have been the funniest English comedy sitcom of all time.

Radar Chief
03-21-2011, 02:41 PM
A show that ran in the early 2000s' on BBCA called 'Coupling' might have been the funniest English comedy sitcom of all time.

Mrs. Radar was an Ab Fab fan. I never could get into it, its like they were talking a different language or something.