Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Conservative government may cut BBC's licence fee

The BBC could be forced by an incoming Conservative Government to accept a cut in the licence fee.

The party has already called for the licence fee — currently £142.50 — to be frozen. But Jeremy Hunt, the shadow Culture Secretary, strengthened its stance with a warning that the Tories would expect the BBC to offer further economies in negotiations over the size of the licence fee from 2012.

“I think it would be pretty hard to make a case for an increase in the licence fee now,” he said yesterday.

“We are not ruling out freezing the licence fee or cutting it, but the BBC has to make its case very strongly because times are very difficult for licence-fee payers.”

Mr Hunt also raised doubts over the viability of licence-fee cash going towards TV channels with low viewing figures, including BBC Three and BBC Four.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz