Television Licences: Cost Effectiveness

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 7 November 2022.

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Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Conservative, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the BBC on ensuring that (a) all Licence Payers and (b) pensioners receive value for money.

Photo of Julia Lopez Julia Lopez Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office), Minister of State

DCMS Ministers meet with the BBC regularly to discuss a range of issues, including how the BBC is delivering value for money. The BBC’s Mission makes clear the BBC has a duty to serve all audiences and the government expects the BBC to ensure its substantial licence fee income is used to deliver value for all licence fee payers, including pensioners.

The NAO is responsible for auditing the BBC accounts and ensuring value for money in the way the BBC uses its funds. This ensures that there is appropriate scrutiny of how the BBC spends its public funding.

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