TV licence fee 'could rise with inflation'
INCREASING the licence fee in line with inflation and raising the amount of money it makes through commercial ventures are the main recommendations of a report into BBC's future, the corporation has said.
The broadcaster made the disclosure after a Sunday Times newspaper report alleged that a review panel of consultants and academics – invited to give an outside assessment of the BBC's future – suggested replacing the licence fee with a subscription service from 2020.
But a BBC spokesman said: "The report recommends that the BBC pursue a inflationary licence fee increase with greater commercial revenue. No subscription model is recommended. "
The future funding of the BBC is in the spotlight, with its charter up for renewal in 2017.
On Friday Justice Secretary Chris Grayling mooted the idea of making the non-payment of the licence fee a civil rather than criminal matter to ease the pressure on courts.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller said the proposal was an "interesting" idea.