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Radio

The Proms is taxpayers’ money well spent: it’s a national asset like fish and chips and the royal baby

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18 July 2015

9:00 AM

18 July 2015

9:00 AM

Make no mistake: the Proms, whose 2015 season was launched last night, would not, could not, exist without the BBC, or the licence fee. Just under half the cost of putting on such an ambitious nightly series of concerts throughout the summer, drawing on orchestras from across the globe, commissioning new work, pulling together programmes that mix popular and safe with little-known and challenging, comes from the sale of tickets, the rest is subsidised by taxpayers.

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