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BBC hits back at attack on licence fee

By PA Reporter

The BBC has insisted its licence fee is vital to ensure its programmes can be accessed by everyone, amid claims that up to 50 MPs will call for the charge to be scrapped and replaced with a subscription option.

A group of Conservatives will support an appeal to the Culture Secretary Sajid Javid urging a review into funding for the corporation, said a Sunday newspaper.

The paper said it had seen a letter from Tory MP Andrew Bridgen to Mr Javid which said the current funding arrangement is "increasingly becoming unsustainable and out of keeping with the modern media environment".

But the BBC has said the licence fee ensures wider access to its programming, and claimed support for the charge has increased.

"At just £2.80 a week the BBC licence fee is excellent value for money. It's vital that programmes like EastEnders, Strictly, Sherlock, Doctor Who and Match Of The Day can be watched by everyone, not a select few."

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