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Daily Bite: TV Licence Fee May Be Extended To Computer Screen Owners
02 Jul 2012 : By Steve Cummins
French president François Hollande
In today’s Daily Bite, news that France is considering making those who own a computer screen pay the country’s TV licence fee; the appointment of a new controller at Children’s BBC and a look at the trailer for cinematographer Seamus McGarvey’s latest movie, ‘Anna Karenina.’

France may extend TV licence fee to computer screens… The French government is thinking of extending the country’s TV licence fee to include computer screen owners in a bid to raise extra revenues for public-sector broadcasters, The Guardian is reporting. President François Hollande's government aims to raise an extra €7.5bn this year through taxes in an amended budget bill to be unveiled next week. According to a recent Global TV survey in March, more than 11 million French people watch TV programmes on computer screens, tablets or smart phones, a rise of 41 per cent on 2011.

BBC appoints new controller of CBBC… The BBC has appointed Cheryl Taylor as the new controller of CBBC – the BBC’s children’s channel for 6-12 year olds. Cole is currently the BBC's controller for comedy commissioning and has championed hit series including ‘Outnumbered’ and ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’. Before joining the BBC Cheryl was head of comedy at Hat Trick Productions.

If you watch one trailer today… A look at the trailer for ‘Anna Karenina,’ which features Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson and cinematography from Seamus McGarvey.


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