A licence to kill? Funding the BBC

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Le Jeune, Martin
Centre for Policy Studies
Date of publication
1 September 2016
Social welfare
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This report argues that the television licence fee is an outmoded system that deprives consumers of choice. The author considers the consequences of the spread off broadband, giving consumers access to an unprecedented level of content. He notes that since 1995 the BBC has considerably increased its numbers of radio and television channels and developed a significant web presence. In view of this he suggests that the charter review will need to be completely reopened at the review point in 2021, and the licence fee should be abolished at that date. He proposes that the BBC should be directly-funded by the government, concluding that its remit should be to produce audio-visual (including digital) news and other content which is distinct from that which the market provides, but which is important to the UK's social, political and cultural well-being.

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