Such a move could leave to multiple BBC TV and radio channels being sold off or closed in the biggest shakeup of British broadcasting in decades. According to the Sunday Times senior figures in Downing Street have decided the BBC needs to be dramatically cut down in size. A source told the newspaper: “We are not bluffing on the licence fee. We are having a consolation 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 things needs massive pruning back.
“They should have a few TV stations, a couple of radio stations and massively curtailed online presence and put more money into the World Service, which is part of its core job.”
John Whittingdale, former Culture Secretary, is now back at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as minister of state after Nigel Adams was moved to the Foreign Office in the latest reshuffle.
Mr Whittingdale is set to play a leading role in the plans and a source said his brief from Number Ten was: “Mission: attack”.