BBC1 top dog in U.K. spending

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BBC flagship channel BBC1 will be the highest-spending channel in the U.K. next year with a budget of £1.1 billion ($2.1 billion), the broadcaster's governing body, the BBC Trust, said Monday as it published the broadcaster's annual service licenses.

Rival ITV is expected to spend about £820 million ($1.6 billion) during the same period.

BBC 2 will have a budget of £434 million ($845.2 million), digital youth and entertainment channel BBC 3 will have a budget of £91 million ($177.2 million) and arts and knowledge channel BBC 4 will have £45.4 million ($88.4 million) to invest in programming.

Pro forma comparison with 2006 is not possible because of new departmental accounting procedures at the BBC, but the total amount to be spent on content in 2007 is expected to be modestly up from this year's figures, a spokeswoman said.
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