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BBC: Finance

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 115571, tabled on 16 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the BBC on holding a public consultation on (a) offering monthly license subscriptions and (b) other future funding proposals.

Answered on

19 November 2020

It is already possible to pay for a TV licence in monthly instalments. More information is set out on the TV Licensing website: https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/pay-for-your-tv-licence/ways-to-pay.

The government has no plans to offer a public consultation on TV licence payment plans at this time.

On future funding proposals, the government has committed to maintain the licence fee funding model for the duration of this 11 year Charter period, until 2027.

The Secretary of State has recently written to the BBC and S4C to begin the process of setting the licence fee for at least 5 years from April 2022.