...and any other matters that take our fancy
Yep - unless they pop it in the Manifesto unexpectedly, I think the Conservatives have missed a trick here. It could have been very popular as long as you put in some pledge about maintaining popular and regional programming.
It might well have been popular with the public but I suspect the bbc would have viewed it as a declaration of war! I also suspect that the government rather like taxing people to view TV and such and would have found another way to get their grubby mitts on our money.