"We've all seen in our own constituencies small internet businesses, often involved in education or other information provision, working away to create a market, to make some money, and then the BBC comes along and squish, like a big foot on an ant, and that business goes out. And I think that we need to look at ways of actually making sure that the BBC doesn't over-extend itself."
I used to present a very successful programme on the digital station Oneword, which was a specialist radio station concerned with books. The programme was called Planet Politics. It was their highest rated programme and moved from being monthly to weekly. But all good things come to an end, and Oneword ended very soon after the BBC launched BBC7, which effectively mirrored what Oneword were doing. The BBC ran countless advcerts for BBC7 and it wasn;t long before Oneword was driven out of business. It's returned in a very much emaciated format with very little live programming. The sooner the BBC