Television: Licensing

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 19th September 2018.

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Photo of Lord Truscott Lord Truscott Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to abolish the BBC licence fee.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value for money the BBC licence fee represents.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last carried out a survey consulting the British people on their willingness to continue paying the BBC licence fee for the services provided.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The government considered licence fee funding during BBC Charter Review in 2015. While no funding model meets all the criteria of an ideal system, the current model provides the BBC with a sustainable core income paid by all households that watch or receive television. This model has wider support than any alternative: 60% of Charter Review consultation responses indicated that no change was needed to the current licence fee model, and only 3% favoured full subscription funding. As a result, we have committed to maintain the licence fee funding model for the BBC for the duration of the new 11 year Charter period. The BBC is independent of government. The BBC Board is therefore responsible for the appropriate use of licence fee revenue, and it is for licence fee payers to determine whether the BBC is value for money.

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