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>> The BBC learned its fate on Thursday, the government revealing its ten year plan for Britain's state broadcaster. The corporation had feared culture secretary John Wittingdale, an outspoken critic, would tell it what to screen and when, and reign in its independence. In the end he pulled back from the most radical changes according to Reuter's Paul Sandal.
>> He hasn't done any of that. He's made a few tweaks to the way that the corporation's governed, he's made them a bit more transparent and they have to publish salaries. And he's put into their remitting to their objectives, to their programming has to be distinctive. But that's as far as he's got.
>> The BBC's TV, radio, and online services are hugely popular in the UK. Resists any move that might make it less so. But critics say the can swamp the commercial competition, especially iTv and Skype with a publicly funded income of more than $3 billion a year.>> So, iTv has never been particularly vocal in wanting changes to the BBC.
Murdoch on the other hand has always been adamantly opposed to the BBC, both for his newspapers and for his television interest.>> For the first time in nearly a century, the BBC will no longer regulate itself. And after years of speculation, the corporation's top star salaries will be revealed if they earn more than £450,000 a year.