Chancellor George Osborne plans to launch a 650 million pound raid on the BBC to help cover the country's benefits bill, forcing the corporation to meet the cost of free television licences for the over-75s, the Sunday Times said. It quoted senior government sources as saying a deal is close that will force the BBC to take on the cost of the 4.5 million licences — worth 145.50 pounds each — from the Department for Work and Pensions. In return, the paper said, the BBC will be allowed to make up some of the lost revenue by charging for use of its iPlayer and other online catch-up services to try to stem the loss of licence fee revenue caused by people turning to the Internet and abandoning their televisions.
A 108th-minute penalty converted by Fara Williams gave England third place with a 1-0 win over Germany in the Women's World Cup on Saturday. It was a first ever win by sixth-ranked England over world number one team Germany.