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UK government to consult public over licence fee avoidance decriminalisation

The British government has confirmed that it will consult with members of the public over whether licence fee non-payment should stop being a criminal offence.  This is the strongest indicator yet that Boris Johnson’s government – one which has repeatedly questioned the pubcaster’s funding model – is serious in its plans to reform the licence […]

UK government launches review into licence fee decriminalisation

British prime minister Boris Johnson has reiterated the government’s plans to review sanctions for non-payment of the TV licence fee. The treasury’s chief secretary Rishi Sunak confirmed that the PM has ordered a review to the process which can see non-payment end in a court appearance and potential fines of up to £1,000. Speaking on […]

UK government contemplating decriminalisation of licence fee non-payment

The British government is considering decriminalising non-payment of the BBC’s licence fee.  Speaking to the broadcaster’s radio network, justice secretary Robert Buckland said that “we are talking about… the decriminalisation of failing to pay the TV licence.” It currently is a criminal offence to watch live TV or use the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service without […]