The Beeb is taking a bit of a bashing at the moment.

Just days after the BBC Trust opted to veto its plans for regional online news content, the newly installed minister for technology, communications and broadcasting, has suggested that it may soon have to fight for the license fee.

Lord Carter, former head of Ofcom, would not rule out splitting the license fee between different service providers once we have all gone digital. The digital switchover date is set for 2012.

Carter said: "Parliament very recently had that debate and decided against contestability [of funding]".

"Does that mean that, for ever and a day, if looking at funding structures you would rule out any form of sharing the licence fee? I don't think it would be sensible to do that."