BBC ‘won’t do a thing’ about TV licence fee says expert
“Use it and Defund the BBC.
“Make it a subscription service and let the people decide!”
Mr Johnson has previously considered scrapping the licence fee, despite facing a backlash from his own Tory MPs.
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But a spokesman for Mr Johnson didn’t rule out the dramatic change at that time.
He said: “I would point you to what the Prime Minister has said on this before, which was, ‘At this stage we are not planning to get rid of all licence fees though I am certainly looking at it.’”
Earlier this year, it was reported the Prime Minister was expected to “put pressure on the BBC” over debates around the future of the broadcaster’s TV licence fee.
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“He’s trying his best but as you can imagine, it must be the worst civil service department trying to get anybody to change their mind.
“They’ve got hoards of middle and upper management but I think the appointment of Rishi Sunak’s mate who is now the chairman will shake things up quicker because I think that will be where the political pressure it brought for a restructure.
“I think like with all good changes they will have to come up with a reason to do it and a way to do it.
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“You have to structure it in such a way, can you pay for parts of it and get other parts of it for free?
“I certainly think they need to break up the way that they run it because it’s not feasible anymore.”
The Defund the BBC campaign launched in 2020, demanding non-payment of the licence fee be decriminalised.
The group has gained more than 100,000 Twitter followers and tens of thousands of Facebook likes.
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In response, Defund the BBC campaign director Rebecca Ryan fumed: “I think it is disgraceful really. Their communications is one of the worst.
“A lot of people want to cancel their licence but they continue to pay it because they are intimidated.
“They don’t want to be funding this but they don’t want to be hassled.
Last month, BBC director-general Tim Davie said the broadcaster is doing “pretty well” at offering value for money but made clear it needs to keep licence payers’ views in mind.
The BBC boss said: “If most households don’t feel they’re getting £159 of value from the BBC then we’re in trouble.
“And at the moment we’re doing pretty well.”
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