Licence fee

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 […]

ITV angry over catch-up licence fee plans

ITV is challenging plans to widen the scope of the UK licence fee to cover the pubcaster’s catch-up services. The government plans to introduce the changes so that the license fee covers catch up services such as iPlayer, and agreed to the change as part of a wider recent deal on the BBC license fee. […]

Trust calls for greater protection for BBC

The BBC Trust has called for greater protection for the public broadcaster from politics, changes to the BBC Charter and legal guarantees that the BBC licence fee cannot be amended before consultation with the public. The Trust, which currently governs the activities of the BBC, was officially responding to the Green Paper issued last week. […]

Confirmed: BBC to foot licence fee bill for over-75s

The UK government has ordered public broadcaster the BBC will foot a £600 million (US$929.4 million ) bill for free TV licences for over-75s. This is to be phased in from 2018/19, with the Corporation taking on the full cost from 2020/21. Estimates of the cost range from between £600 million and more than £650 […]

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 […]