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The government is stepping up its battle with the BBC. First it made the corporation pay for licence fees for the over-75s. Now it's concerned about the Beeb's technological innovation.

In a white paper on BBC reform, the government claims there are "legitimate questions" to be asked about the firm's role in the development of new tech like iPlayer.

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It also says the BBC could be making it difficult for "commercial competitors to monetise emerging technologies".

The white paper states:"The cost of BBC development last year was £83 million. The BBC's role in the development and deployment of new technologies – particularly online distribution – has the potential to impact negatively on the ability of commercial competitors to monetise emerging technologies, and could crowd out new start-ups.

"There may be savings to the licence fee payer from provision of some of these developments by the market."

The BBC is already facing cuts that will close BBC Three and make it an online-only channel as part of iPlayer.

In response to chancellor George Osborne's criticism, the BBC says the public should be allowed to have a say on the corporation's future.

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