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Govt urges BBC to become 'more distinctive'

Famed broadcaster will be subject to outside regulation for first time in its 94-year history

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TREASURED INSTITUTION: In a review, the government said the BBC must avoid apeing its commercial radio and TV rivals.

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THE BBC will face external regulation for the first time in its 94-year history, the government said on Thursday, subjecting it to tighter scrutiny but stopping short of the heavy-handed intervention that some stars and programme-makers had feared.

In a once-in-a-decade