Mike Arrington reports that the BBC has suspended its Jam service following complaints to the European Commission. This doesn’t appear to be the same project that Mike mentioned at FOWA,
but it covers roughly the same territory; as he puts it “the BBC is struggling with its boundaries and what types of services it can offer”.
The BBC account of the suspension notes that under BBC’s charter the Corporation is charged with promoting learning for school-aged children. BBC Jam was aimed at meeting that requirement.
My own experience of the BBC’s sites for children (through my own family) is that they are very well done. If they weren’t then the privately funded companies probably wouldn’t have such an issue.
So personally, I would like to see educational material of this quality continue to be available. However, the boundaries do need to be set so that the startups know where they can compete, or a different funding model needs to be considered for those activities that are less closely tied to the BBC’s traditional programme output.