We are always being told by those who hate the BBC that the corporation should act like other commercial companies in the real world. So why is it when the BBC does this it is attacked for it ?
The BBC has very successfully expanded BBC worldwide in to a profitable business which provides income to the BBC. Yet a parliamentary committee feels that the BBC should be forced to dilute its stake in the business which sell BBC shows and intellectual property to another company. Why ? Apparently to allow the BBC to make more money from the venture. This would not be so laughable were it not for the fact that the BBC has been criticised for growing Worldwide too quickly and aggressively.
The fact is that there are many people who will seek to criticise the BBC whenever it is successful because they so hate to see the BBC do anything well. I am not saying the BBC is perfect, far from it, but when it generates income which could be used to reduce the license fee then making it sell off these profitable parts serves no purpose other than to ensure that the BBC stands a better chance of failing. And that is what these people want at the end of the day.