I like the Beeb, possibly the largest, and most reliable news source on the planet.
Now the BBC wants to take on Google and AOL, and they want more public money to do it:
“A publicly-funded BBC is the only organisation in Britain capable of taking on the global commercial giants of AOL and Google, its director general said yesterday. Arguing for an increase in the BBC’s annual Â£2.9 billion licence fee above the rate of inflation, Mark Thompson said the corporation needed the money to become a global player.”
Funding issues aside, the BBC may offer a valuable alternative on the search landscape. There are obvious dangers in having all our information filtered by purely commercial search companies, or, if we were to be a little unkind, search-related advertising networks.
But, is a few billion enough? Can the BBC even hope to compete with Google? Is this proposition realistic?