that it's the duty of an opposition party to vigorously oppose the government whenever it thinks there's a need. It's an integral and very important aspect of the democratic system - it helps to keep the government of the day on its toes.
There's also the small matter that despite the licence fee freeze the BBC will now have to fund the World Service (previously funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and part fund S4C, so it's actually a double blow to the BBC.
I think we'll see a lot of attacks on Auntie from the current administration as they're far too close to Murdoch, who has long campaigned for a cut in the BBC. This from the man who owns Fox News, the station that worships at the alter of Sarah Palin...
...OK, the licence fee has been frozen,however the BBC I reckon will come up with new services and features which before this 'freeze' would have been for the use of everyone as we all pay the licence fee.
These features/services will have to be paid extra for by the consumer if they want them. It'll just turn into a TV service like Virgin or Sky. Those that pay extra, get a bit extra, while people who can't afford it are left out.
Sad really, as I'm a fan of the licence fee. Have you seen the appalling state of TV on the continent?? My Dad lives in Spain, and the TV channels over there are atrocious!
I'm fairly sure the BBC aren't allowed to charge for content in any way, they're also not allowed to display advertising to UK visitors to their website, although they do have adverts for many foreign visitors.