The BBC has joined forces with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to create a set of new industry benchmarks for public service broadcasting costs, writes Colin Robertson.
Co-ordinated by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA), a new study involving the three bodies has been launched to look at the varying costs for 'crucial activities', which range from internal mail to programme-making.

The idea is to compare each broadcaster's allocation of funds and establish benchmarks for how much money should be set aside for certain services.

CBA secretary general Elizabeth Smith said: 'The study will help public service broadcasters understand their costs more,' and added the indicators would be based on current exchange mechanisms.

A presentation of the final study will take place at the next CBA general conference in Cape Town in October.