Licence fee


Culture secretary will not intervene in BBC decision to scrap free TV licences for over 75s, “open-minded” to subscription model

UK culture secretary Nicky Morgan has said she is “open-minded” about changes to the way the BBC is funded, including moving from a licence-fee model towards a subscription-led service. Morgan was responding to a question during a Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee meeting in which she was asked whether she would […]

BBC defends over-75s licence fee plans following damning DCMS committee report

The BBC has responded to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee report into the PSB’s decision to cut free TV licences for over-75s, backing its new ruling.  The report said that the body was “disappointed with the BBC’s decision not to continue free licences for the over-75s.” As quoted by a […]

Irish government: “We won’t scrap free licence fees”

TV licences for the elderly will remain free in Ireland, the country’s government has stated. The announcement came shortly after the BBC’s controversial decision to scrap free licence fees for people aged over 75. It has been estimated that 3.7 million households will lose their free TV licence. They will instead have to start paying […]

French content groups slam minister’s licence fee abolition plan

Groups representing French content creators have united to condemn the possible abolition of the TV licence fee, proposed by public accounts minister Gérald Darmanin last Friday. Interviewed by BFMTV, Darmanin questioned the continued viability of the licence fee, arguing that growing numbers of people viewed content on screens other than the TV. Darmanin suggested that […]

BBC licence fee to go up in April

The UK government has confirmed that the BBC licence fee will increase from £150.50 (€171.75) to £154.40 per year from April 1, 2019. Licence fee payers will receive a reminder or a payment plan reflecting the new amount when their licence is next due for renewal. Those buying or renewing a licence after 1 April […]

BBC report explores alternatives to free over-75s licence fee

The BBC would have to use the equivalent of 18% of its total service spend to continue offering free licence fees to over 75s after the costs of these are transferred to the broadcaster in 2020. This is according to a Frontier Economics report, commissioned by the BBC, that explores the longer-term funding options relating to […]

Switzerland votes to keep licence fee

The Swiss public has voted 71% in favour of keeping the TV and radio licence fee in a vote at the weekend. Public broadcaster SRG said that the vote marked a “new beginning” for the association, which set out plans to reform, boost efficiency and focus on news and digital services in the wake of […]

BBC licence fee price to increase on April 1

The UK government has confirmed that the BBC licence fee will increase from £147 per year to £150.50 on April 1. The move marks the second price increase in as many years, and comes after the government announced in 2016 that the fee would rise in line with inflation for five years from April 1, […]

Former Ofcom CEO: BBC licence fee sustainable ‘for present purposes’

Former Ofcom boss Ed Richards has said that the BBC licence fee is a sustainable model in the near term and that he has not been persuaded by any alternative funding models. Speaking at the Outside the Box conference at BAFTA yesterday, Richards, who was CEO of the UK broadcast regulator for eight years before […]

UK government ups BBC licence fee price

The UK government has confirmed that it will increase the price of the BBC licence fee from £145.50 (€170) per year to £147 from April 1. The price rise marks the first time the licence fee has increased since April 1, 2010. Licence fee payers will receive a payment plan or a reminder reflecting the […]

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