Licence fee


Fifth of BBC budget could go in licence fee plan

UK pubcaster the BBC could see around a fifth of its budget wiped away when the Conservative government announces its latest Budget. It emerged over the weekend a plan to make the BBC pay for the licence fees of people over the age of 75 was being revived. This is estimated to cost the Corporation […]

BBC DG: licence fee has ’10 years life left’, reforms needed

The BBC licence fee model has got “10 years life in it”, according to director general Tony Hall, who agreed that the payment model should be reformed in some way. Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show over the weekend, Hall agreed with a report by the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee earlier this year […]

BBC director general outlines digital direction

BBC director general Tony Hall has spoken out in support of changing the licence fee for “the internet age” and outlined a number of planned digital innovations designed to keep the BBC relevant. Delivering a speech at New Broadcasting House in London yesterday titled ‘The BBC in the internet era’, Hall said that he supported […]

‘No long-term future’ in BBC licence fee, say MPs

There BBC’s licence fee model is becoming “harder and harder to justify, ” with a broadcasting levy on all households a preferred alternative, according to a major new report by a committee of MPs. The Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which will launch the report in the House of Commons this afternoon, called for “major […]

BBC director general: plenty of life left in the licence fee

The BBC’s director general Tony Hall has spoken out against the corporation switching to a subscription-based model, arguing that the licence fee offers “something for everyone.” In an opinion piece written for the Daily Mirror, Hall argues that, even in a digital age, the existing licence fee model has “plenty of life left” and that […]

BBC policy director argues against BBC subscription

The BBC’s director of policy James Heath has spoken out in favour of the public service broadcaster’s licence fee model, claiming that “subscription isn’t the best way to fund the BBC.” Writing two blog posts ahead of the forthcoming review of the BBC’s Charter, Heath argued that a subscription model would “unavoidably change the nature […]

UK divided on scrapping licence fee

Roughly half of Britons would support abolishing the BBC licence fee, even if it means introducing ads, according to a new ComRes poll commissioned by political communications specialists the Whitehouse Consultancy. According to the poll of 2,049 UK adults, 51% supported scrapping the licence fee and making the BBC pay for itself “even if that […]

BBC ‘plays it too safe’ says acting Trust chair

The BBC’s flagship channel, BBC One, can “sometimes feel too predictable” and “plays it too safe in parts of its peak-time schedule,” according to the acting chairman of the BBC Trust, Diane Coyle. Delivering a lecture called ‘A 21st Century BBC’ at the London School of Economics last night, Coyle admitted that the BBC faced […]

BBC lobbying for licence fee hike

The BBC will push for an inflation-based increase in its annual licence fee, according to UK press reports. The UK public broadcaster’s licence fee is currently frozen at £145.50 (€175). A weekend report in The Sunday Times suggested that following an internal review the BBC could push for a subscription-based service from 2020. The broadcaster […]

Funding boost for BBC World Service under licence fee support

The BBC World Service will receive a £5 million (€5.9 million) boost in income to £245 million when it moves to being funded by the licence fee next year. Following a written ministerial statement from the foreign secretary on his department’s spending for the current financial year, BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten said: “When it […]