In the latest update of the Sky & BBC row where BBC are angry at Sky for the retransmission fees, The BBC are now threatening to charge the broadcaster for channels such as BBC1 unless Sky drop the retransmission fees. Sky currently charges the BBC, along with other public service broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, to carry its TV and radio channels on its pay-TV services. “The BBC pays £5m a year, with the four public service broadcasters footing a combined £10m bill. The issue has been made a priority by the corporation's recently appointed director of strategy and digital, James Purnell, and BBC director general Tony Hall. It follows a call by the culture minister, Ed Vaizey, for Sky to scrap the charges earlier this year. The BBC's director of policy and strategy, John Tate said: "Sky should do the decent thing and stop charging licence fee payers to carry BBC services that, in reality, underpin their ability to generate enormous profits. This free ride needs to stop." A Sky spokesman said: "The BBC directly benefits from the billions of pounds we've invested in our TV platform and the technical services that support the 49 channels they run over the Sky platform. These payments are no different to paying for electricity, studio facilities or any other operational costs."
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