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Television Licences: Surveys

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL10291, tabled on 11 September 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last carried out a survey consulting the British people on their willingness to continue paying the BBC licence fee for the services provided.

Answered on

19 September 2018

The government considered licence fee funding during BBC Charter Review in 2015. While no funding model meets all the criteria of an ideal system, the current model provides the BBC with a sustainable core income paid by all households that watch or receive television. This model has wider support than any alternative: 60% of Charter Review consultation responses indicated that no change was needed to the current licence fee model, and only 3% favoured full subscription funding. As a result, we have committed to maintain the licence fee funding model for the BBC for the duration of the new 11 year Charter period. The BBC is independent of government. The BBC Board is therefore responsible for the appropriate use of licence fee revenue, and it is for licence fee payers to determine whether the BBC is value for money.