Future of BBC in doubt as Dorries announces end of licence fee in 2027
The Guardian|January 17, 2022
‘There will be a lot of anguished noises … It’s over for the BBC as they know it’
Jim Waterson

The BBC will have to make deep cuts to its programme budgets after the government said that the broadcaster’s funding would be frozen for the next two years, with the license fee abolished completely in 2027.

The culture secretary, Nadine Dorries, is expected to confirm that the cost of an annual license, required to watch live television and access iPlayer services, will remain at £159 until 2024 before rising slightly for the following three years.

She said this would be the end of the current licence fee funding model for the BBC, raising doubts about the long-term financial future and editorial independence of the public service broadcaster under a Conservative government. Dorries said: “This licence fee announcement will be the last. The days of the elderly being threatened with prison and bailiffs knocking on doors are over. The time now to discuss and debate new ways of funding, supporting, and selling great British content.”

The decision, confirmed by government sources, was briefed to the media as part of a range of measures designed to shore up public support for Boris Johnson as he faces calls to resign as prime minister.

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