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BBC bosses defend new EastEnders set as it goes over budget by £20million amid delays

BBC bosses have spoken out in defence of the new EastEnders set project - after it ran over budget by over £20 million.It comes as the broadcasting corporation faced scrutiny over the future of the licence fee.BBC Director-General Tim Davie said that he remains confident about the BBC's iconic soap, but he confessed that the corporation is "not immune from competitive pressure".It also follows ITV's announcement of new timings for its soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street - which will allow them to rival EastEnders in the schedules.Mr Davie addressed a House of Common's Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday (January 26) - alongside the BBC's chief operating officer Leigh Tavasia.He said: "We're not immune from competitive pressure, let's be honest about it. And you may have a marginal impact or an impact during that hour, but we're confident that the overall case for the EastEnders development remains strong."That whole set wasn't going to work anyway so it needed investment.

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BBC bosses have spoken out in defence of the new EastEnders set project - after it ran over budget by over £20 million.It comes as the broadcasting corporation faced scrutiny over the future of the licence fee.BBC Director-General Tim Davie said that he remains confident about the BBC's iconic soap, but he confessed that the corporation is "not immune from competitive pressure".It also follows ITV's announcement of new timings for its soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street - which will allow them to rival EastEnders in the schedules.Mr Davie addressed a House of Common's Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday (January 26) - alongside the BBC's chief operating officer Leigh Tavasia.He said: "We're not immune from competitive pressure, let's be honest about it. And you may have a marginal impact or an impact during that hour, but we're confident that the overall case for the EastEnders development remains strong."That whole set wasn't going to work anyway so it needed investment.

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