Licence fee

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 […]

UK public backs BBC licence fee

The UK public back the annual licence fee to fund pubcaster the BBC, although many think the price is too high. A new study from Strategy Analytics shows 71% of people in the UK rate the BBC as important and are satisfied with the service it provides. Older and wealthier respondents were more positive about […]

iPlayer licence fee law comes into effect

A change to UK law requiring viewers to buy a licence fee in order to watch programmes on-demand from the BBC iPlayer comes into effect today. The law change marks the first time that UK viewers are required to pay to access non-live BBC programming via the web – with the licence fee previously only […]

BBC iPlayer licence fee ‘loophole’ to close in September

Changes to UK law that will require people to buy a TV Licence to watch programmes on-demand from the BBC iPlayer are due to be brought in on September 1. The move comes after the government said it would “modernise the current licence fee system” and close the ‘iPlayer loophole’ as part of its White […]

BBC licence fee ‘not settled’

The amount the BBC charges UK consumers for its channels and services has not been set, culture secretary John Whittingdale has told a radio show on the UK public broadcaster’s Radio 4 station. It was widely understood that the licence fee had been set to increase in line with inflation, as part of a July […]

Whittingdale: BBC future debate justified

UK Conservative government minister John Whittingdale has admitted “most people” see the BBC licence fee as “good value for money” at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, but claims debates over its future shape are justified. John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, made the admission during a keynote interview in which he […]

Fairhead: BBC future shouldn’t be subject to ‘vested interest’

The future of the BBC needs to be driven by “evidence and fact, not by prejudice and not by vested interest,” according to the head of the BBC Trust Rona Fairhead. In an open letter on ‘Tomorrow’s BBC’, published by the Independent newspaper, Fairhead said that while the BBC needs to reform and evolve, there […]

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