Eighteen years ago Professor Sir Alan Peacock made radical proposals in a report commissioned by the then Government on the future funding of the BBC. Those proposals involved making subscription to the BBC voluntary but providing a fund that would finance public service broadcasting on a competitive basis. The report was widely acclaimed, as its proposals would help ensure quality programming within the context of a competitive broadcasting market.
It is widely recognised that the technology is now available to make Peacock's vision a reality. In the context of the Government's review of the BBC's charter and the broadcasting regulator's review of public service b