There is, to my mind, an unassailable case for the application of industry levies in order to secure the future for public service broadcasters, and to ensure a future alternative to what passes for non-PSB reporting in this country.
Jeremy Dear of the NUJ makes that case here. I would read it if I were you.
Update: The BBC have finally decided to defend themselves. About time too.
When Rupert send Mini-Murdoch in to bat for him last month, he really did send a boy to do a man's job, didn't he? I don't usually go a bundle on attacking Labour ministers, but Ben Bradshaw is a complete waste of space at the DCMS.
A former Corporal at the BBC, he's entirely immersed in a universe where we don't even pretend that policy-prescriptions can't be vetoed by powerful media interests.