The BBC has been forced to deny reports that it is planning to introduce a charge for people to access to its popular iPlayer platform.
Reports had suggested that the Corporation were mulling a micro-payments model to finance its ambitious plans to digitise its entire archive of films and programmes.
At present there are insufficient funds available from the license fee to pay for this ambitious undertaking, forcing the BBC to look at alternative funding models as part of a “future gazing” exercise.
In an official statement however the BBCdistanced itself from this approach, saying: “We never stop future-gazing at the BBC and there are always a number of new ideas under discussion. Any such ideas would need to be developed in conjunction with the industry and with rights-holders and they would certainly not lead to a two-tier licence fee"