Thursday briefing: ‘Tax Facebook to pay for BBC’

Jeremy Corbyn would tax the likes of Facebook, Google and Netflix to subsidise the BBC licence fee. “A few tech giants and unaccountable billionaires control huge swathes of our public space and debate,” the Labour leader is expected to tell the Edinburgh TV festival today.

Corbyn is expected to strongly criticise large tech companies as “digital monopolies that profit from every search, share and like we make”. His proposals are said to include an independent fund to subsidise public service journalism, paid for by the tech companies; charitable status for not-for-profit journalistic outfits; and licence fee-payers getting to elect BBC board members.

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