The Daily Telegraph reports that the BBC would like to help itself to a dollop of cash from the Department of International Development. Their logic is that BBC World Service broadcasts can aid international development (as though anybody was ever developed by the patronising attitude of British broadcasters), and of course it would count towards any international promises of aif as a percentage of GDP (although we can also boost that percentage by cutting back on government spending and reducing the GDP denominator).
But although I don't approve of the BBC's idea, it put me in mind of a better one. Development budgets go further when they employ local staff, so the BBC can solve their budget probleams and we can provide development aid if the BBC puts its UK staff on Afghan wages, and opening the jobs up to competition from Afghan workers. 2 problems solved for less than the price of 1.