I was thinking about this yesterday after your report on the power cuts.In the comments section you directed us to a EU commission site on the "Monitering of State Aid"http://ec.europa.eu/comm/competition/co ... id_en.html
There was this following example the EU gave as a testament to their efficiency.
STATE AID TO TV2 DENMARK
In May 2004, the European Commission ordered the Danish public broadcaster TV2 to pay back excess compensation for public service tasks. It had initiated this investigation following a complaint from a commercial broadcaster operating on the Danish market, claiming that TV2 received State aid to finance its public service tasks. The investigation showed that the total amount of State aid TV2 received exceeded the costs of accomplishing its public service mission by EUR 84.4 million. TV2 could use the excess compensation to finance its commercial activities, unduly favouring it over competitors that did not receive State funding. In order to restore competitive conditions in its commercial activities, the Commission ordered TV2 to refund the excess compensation plus interest.
Could not the EU Commission apply this to the BBC under similar logic?