Lords want BBC partly privatised

THE BBC should part-privatise its commercial arm to expand distribution of UK television programmes, a parliamentary committee will propose today.

The all-party House of Lords communications select committee said the BBC should create a public-private company from BBC Worldwide, allowing production firms to create jobs and extra profits to plough back into programmes.

The committee will demand a law banning the use of camcorders in cinemas to protect the UK film industry from piracy.