BBC to take on Google and AOL
The BBC has outlined the scale of its global ambitions after the director-general said its aim was to rival internet giants Google and AOL. Mark Thompson said the BBC was the only European brand with the clout to take on the American media giants.
Although he insisted that any international expansion would not be funded by the licence fee, critics claim it will inevitably rely indirectly on the tax on television sets.
His announcement will further alarm the BBC's domestic competitors such as Sky, BT and ITV who are already unhappy by what they say are the Corporation's expansionist tendencies. BBC to take on Google and AOL | the Daily Mail
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