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Some thoughts on

Richard Sambrook | 12:09 UK time, Monday, 29 October 2007

Many thanks for your comments - we take note of all of them.

In response to two of the most frequently made points:

• We do intend to offer a subscription service for international users in the next year. However this will sit alongside the ad-supported service - so subscription-paying users will not see ads if they are logged in, but will do if not logged in. Most news organisations who have adopted a subscription only service are closing them in favour of ads. We would like to offer both, but have to ensure the business plan is robust and we have to undertake some further technical work before we can offer this.

• For UK licence fee payers who wish to access the ad-free site when abroad I'm afraid we don’t yet have reliable technology which would enable this. As with TV, for example, the BBC internet site will be ad-supported when viewed outside the UK. will be launching later this month.


  • 1.
  • At 12:28 PM on 29 Oct 2007,
  • John, Devon wrote:

Thanks for this. It's good to get some real feedback for a change. More please!

  • 2.
  • At 02:17 PM on 29 Oct 2007,
  • Peter Gordon wrote:

How about a free subscription for all license fee payers?

Some UK radio stations ask for your address when abroad before you can listen.

  • 4.
  • At 09:11 AM on 30 Oct 2007,
  • Graeme Hilton wrote:

Following on from Peter Gordon;

We've all got TV licence numbers, could we use these (in conjunction with another identifier, such as a post code), as evidence of a paid subscription?

The simplest reaction of mine is
Long live BBC in any form
this of news for ever raging storm
- the diversity is one of the crucial features of your unsurpassed work

  • 6.
  • At 03:38 AM on 02 Nov 2007,
  • Persephone wrote:

I must thank the BBC for this decision. I have lived a good life without a television for 30 years, and was just beginning to realise that the 'news' is simply the same things happening to different people in different places over and over again. Things that depress and things I can do nothing about. All my tears won't help.

Thanks for the advertising. I don't intend to waste a moment of my life being subjected to all that.

Now I can stop looking at the BBC news site and live a happier life.

  • 7.
  • At 01:31 AM on 03 Nov 2007,
  • John Kimble wrote:

haven't people heard of ad blockers?

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