Friday, April 08, 2011

BBC's charity drops proposal for U.S. taxpayer funding

Three weeks ago the BBC World Service Trust was angling for a share of State Department funding to promote Internet freedom. But outrage from American taxpayers, members of Congress and the Broadcasting Board of Governors was apparently enough to dissuade the British organization from making a formal proposal this time. At stake was up to $28 million in funding for work on Internet freedom issues. The BBC charity has developed a lucrative relationship with the U.S. government during the Obama administration. U.S. tax dollars are supporting at least two BBC World Service Trust projects: The State Department gave the organization $300,000 for work in Burma and USAID gave it $4.5 million for a project in Nigeria. Read more at the Washington Examiner: