BBC chief says £285m licence fee gap will force cut in output
The Guardian|January 19, 2022
The BBC will be forced to axe some of its programm es after being left with a £285m gap in funding from its six-year licence fee settlement with ministers, its director general has said.
Jamie Grierson

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Tim Davie said there was “no doubt” the deal would affect the broadcaster’s frontline output.

He argued in support of a continued publicly backed model for the organisation, in the face of suggestions from the Conservative government that the future of its funding was up for discussion.

The culture secretary, Nadine Dorries , confirmed on Monday that BBC funding would be frozen for two years , with the licence fee staying at £159 until April 2024, then rising in line with inflation for four years. The announcement was made in a Sunday newspaper and on Twitter.

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