Licence fee

Netflix & Amazon should share viewing data & BBC licence fee should remain, say UK lawmakers

Streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon should be legally required to provide viewing data for British-made shows to UK broadcasters and the country’s media regulator Ofcom, according to a group of UK lawmakers. The British Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMSC), has said that UK broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 […]

UK government drops plan to decriminalise non-payment of BBC licence fee

The UK government has shelved plans to decriminalise non-payment of the licence fee that funds public broadcaster the BBC, but with the caveat that such a move will “remain under active consideration while more work is undertaken to understand the impact of alternative enforcement schemes”. The decision not to decriminalise non-payment comes after a consultation […]

250,000 Brits cut out licence fee, but revenue still up says BBC

More than a quarter of a million Brits have not renewed their licence fee this year, it has been revealed.  The BBC Television Licence Trust has published its annual report, revealing that the number of licence fees sold by the end of March was down by 256,000. The news is perhaps unsurprising given the growth […]

BBC receptive to household bill licence fee shift

The BBC is open to the idea of replacing its licence fee funding model with a household bill-linked scheme, but has warned that proposals to decriminalise non-payment to the existing mechanism will result in cuts to programming. In its submission to a government consultation on the plans that began earlier this year, the BBC said […]

BBC delays over-75s licence fee change

The BBC will delay licence fee changes for over-75s until August. The public broadcaster had previously announced controversial plans to introduce a means-tested licence fee for over-75s which would have seen up to 3.7 million pensioners lose out on the free benefit. However, amid the coronavirus which has seen Brits urged to stay indoors, the […]

British government planning to scrap licence fee, claims report

The British government has drafted a ‘blueprint’ to scrap the licence fee, reports the Sunday Times. According to the paper, government officials want to drastically alter the makeup of the broadcaster through the licence fee change and downsizing its other assets. Citing senior aides to the prime minister, the paper says that officials are “not […]

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 licence fee increase announced

The UK’s licence fee will increase by £3 per year, the government has confirmed. In a statement published by the BBC, it was announced that the annual television licence fee will increase from £154.50 to £157.50. The pubcaster noted that the government is responsible for setting the level of the licence fee and that it […]

Licence fee reform-backing Knight elected DCMS chair

Julian Knight, the Conservative MP for Solihull, has been elected chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS).  Announcing his victory on Twitter, the Brexit-backing politician said that he was “delighted to have been elected and that there are “lots of issues for the committee, once properly constituted, to tackle.” The MP also […]

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