BBC faces £500m cuts as Tories plan to freeze licence fee for five years – deja vu?

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary John Whittingdale is poised to order a five-year freeze in the annual £145.50 licence fee. And a new review is expected to support Tory moves to stop people who refuse to pay the fee being sent to jail.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3123226/BBC-faces-500m-cuts-Tories-plan-freeze-licence-fee-five-years.html

and in 2010.………… via the Guardian

BBC licence fee frozen at £145.50 for six years

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2010/oct/19/bbc-licence-fee-frozen-six-years

and the Telegraph in 2010

BBC ordered to accept six-year freeze in licence fee

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2010/oct/19/bbc-licence-fee-frozen-six-years

 

Maybe it’s just a nudge towards a alternative fix?

However, former BBC presenter Jeremy Paxman argued the licence fee is doomed. ‘It clearly can’t last,’ he said. ‘As computers and TVs become indistinguishable, a tax on a particular technology becomes almost impossible to justify.’

 

 

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