BBC funding future
The BBC licence fee is to be frozen for the next six years at £145.50.
The BBC will also take over the cost of the World Service and Monitoring Service, currently funded by the Foreign Office, and pay the government's contribution to funding the Welsh-language channel S4C.
A formal announcement will be made tomorrow.
The BBC is refusing to comment but insiders say that this is a significantly better settlement than the proposal to force the BBC to pay the cost of free TV licences for the elderly. It will mean a 16% real-terms cut in the BBC's funds over the next six years as against a 25% cut over four.
Some ministers are, I'm told, presenting this settlement as "reining in" the Corporation's costs.