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TV licence freeze: ‘There wouldn’t be a hope of Hope Street without the revenue from the licence fee’

Former top BBC NI executive warns ‘a lot of local content will go’ if revenue is slashed

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Amara Karan, Ciaran McMenamin and Rachel Tucker in BBC NI cop drama Hope Street.

Amara Karan, Ciaran McMenamin and Rachel Tucker in BBC NI cop drama Hope Street.

Don Anderson

Don Anderson

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Amara Karan, Ciaran McMenamin and Rachel Tucker in BBC NI cop drama Hope Street.

The future of homegrown BBC dramas and local radio output could be in jeopardy with the two-year freeze and proposed abolition of the licence fee, a leading media commentator has said.

Don Anderson, a former head of radio and deputy head of programmes at BBC Northern Ireland said that without the funding from the licence fee – due to be abolished completely in 2027 – it would be too expensive to make local dramas like Hope Street or Bloodlands.


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