"The BBC should publish broad details of the financial relationships between its subsidised and commercial news activities," he says, referring not only to News 24 (funded by the licence fee) but to its global channel BBC World, which is a commercial service and which is said to cost a comparatively meagre £13 million. "
Source: BBC Online
Well i've always wanted to know how much it cost the BBC to run BBC World and the figure is 13 million, for a channel that only costs 13 million to run, BBC World have made the best use of it IMHO.
Harshy - note the bit: "...which is said to cost...". Namely, the person writing doesn't know. It's probably more but remember they are subsidised by advertising, have many pre-recorded programmes (relatively cheap in comparison) and only 24ish min news bulletins an hour instead of the 60 on N24.
I also don't know the policy of BBC World regarding international bureaus. N24 pay for their upkeep out of their budget but as BBC World take BBC News bulletins - would they pay? Or would BBC News pay out of the overall budget?
Not that I'm trying to justify the vast £50m N24 spends but would like to know where the money goes so equal comparisons can be made.