I think the BBC should use its public funding to make content available in the format that meets the requirement of most of its consumers.
If the beebs audience where some sort of 60/40 split, then it would make sense to go with an open format.
But given that Linux accounts for 1% of users (something like that), it would seem a waste of money to re-train its users + provide new software to produce content in another format.
Oh dear (grin).
"It would seem"
It isn't the role of government to indulge in what passes for 'business' either. It is to try and ensure all the peoples are playing fairly. Not ripping each other off or telling marketplace whoopers. We can't really rely on the old myth that their snouts will end up growing so long ... etc ...
Especially in the case of the media. If it wasn't for the ABC over here in .au, we wouldn't have _any_ media input that could be relied upon to be without some proprietary agenda attached to it.
And as the popular formats are more a result of manipulations rather than choice ... then yes ... they should try to correct that, or rather, even it out. Democracy is not about a case of 'majority rules', it is about 'proportional representation'. To ignore the 'open' formats in preference for a proprietary one is a failure on their part to appreciate their role in the wider scheme of things.
I'd chop most of their heads off if i had my way. Just to teach them how to be nicer, and all that.
viva open formats ...
revolt against the oppressors ...