Licence fee

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 […]

Nicky Morgan to stay on as DCMS secretary

Nicky Morgan is staying on as the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport secretary. Morgan, who resigned as an MP in October, will be created a life peer in order to continue on in the role. This is despite a year prior matter of factly saying: “I would not serve in a Boris Johnson cabinet.” […]

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 […]

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