BBC’s licence fee was once again under scrutiny by the Government after reports emerged that it was looking at replacing the existing model with a subscription service.
The Sunday Times reports senior aides to No.10 insisting they were “not bluffing” about bringing in changes in the way the BBC was funded.
The source told the publication, “We are not bluffing on the licence fee. We are having a consultation and we will whack it. It has to be a subscription model. They’ve got hundreds of radio stations, they’ve got all these TV stations and a massive website. The whole thing needs massive pruning back.”
Any changes to the way the corporation is paid for, cannot be changed until the Royal Charter ends in December 2027.