The BBC chairman has defended using licence payers' money to build its online services.
This week, Sir Christopher Bland told the House of Commons Culture Committee that the BBC Web site provided "outstanding" original content.
Labour MP Derek Wyatt, a former BSkyB executive, demanded that Wyatt justify the #30 million that the BBC has pumped into its online services.
Bland disputed Wyatt?s figure and said the actual cost of creating the site had in fact been #20 million.
"This committee, if anything, felt we were behind the game in terms of our online exploitation," Bland said.
?The truth is we put a great deal of resources - but in relation to #2 billion total budget a sensible allocation of resources - into what is now the third broadcast medium and I think that is right. It's an outstanding Web site,? he added.
The BBC?s director general Sir John Birt has already compared the BBC?s decision to adopt the Internet as a medium to the corporation?s decision to get into television in the late 1930s.
"It may be in 10 or 15 years' time a significant, perhaps the most significant way, the BBC delivers the public service proposition. I think it follows from that it should be funded by the licence fee,? said Birt.
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