BBC licence fee is “anachronistic and in dire need of reform”, says IEA expert
Julian Jessop quoted in the Telegraph
Victoria Hewson writes in the Critic
IEA responds to NAO report on the BBC licence fee
“The NAO’s findings come as no surprise. The BBC must be liberated from the licence fee and become independent of government. The licence fee model has been outdated for many years and no longer reflects the reality either of the public’s viewings habits or broadcasting technology.
“The BBC funding model is anachronistic and in dire need of reform. The BBC should be freed from the control of government and vested interests and move towards a subscriber-owned mutual. This would allow the broadcaster to be a commercial success, better leverage its brand internationally and produce programming its member-viewers value. A mutual model would also add diversity to the broadcasting world by creating a unique successor to the BBC as a government corporation”.
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