A Commons select committee said the current licence system will have to remain in place until 2038 because the Government has failed to come up with a better funding model. The hot topic dominated discussion on TalkRadio this morning, with hosts turning the finger of blame on the Beeb.
James Whale questioned the proposed timeline, saying: “We’re only in 2021… 2038? No!”
He added: “The BBC’s a dinosaur. The BBC have cocked everything they’ve done up.
“They’ve become extremely left-wing.”
His co-host Ash Gould added: “They’re not connected to the population.”
Host Cristo Foufas took a slightly different approach.
He admitted he “quite likes part of the BBC” but said a situation with “everyone saying, well we need to get rid of it altogether” was on the horizon.
The licence fee has been criticised as an outdated model because so many Britons have shifted towards watching streaming services on multiple devices rather than live TV.
Campaigners have long called for the licence fee to be scrapped.
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Lawmakers have said if the Government fails to put forward a credible replacement for the TV licence they must commit to the existing model when a new decade-long Royal Charter is ushered in.
The committee concluded: “The Government either needs to come out with a strong alternative to the licence fee that it can put to parliament, or strongly support the current model for at least the next charter period (2028-2038) and actively aid the BBC in driving down evasion.”
Critics of the Beeb were quick to offer their view on the latest development.
One critic tweeted: “The British Broadcasting Corporation not proud of its heritage and more committed in siding with the EU! Time to go.”
A second person said: “Let the BBC be whatever they want to be. Freedom of speech and all that.
“But let people decide whether they want to pay for it or not. BBC needs to be a subscription service, so that people who aren’t don’t want to consume the content aren’t forced to pay for it.”
In their report, the committee said delays to full fibre broadband rollout mean the Government cannot move to a “wholly online public service broadcasting system”.
Members said while TV services are “likely” to be delivered via the internet in the future, the existing model must remain in place given current broadband provisions.
A move to a digital system would result in 1.8 million households losing access to public service broadcasting because of a lack of broadband access and digital skills, the report said.