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The BBC has become “a law unto itself”: IEA expert comments on the future of the BBC licence fee


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Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

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Prof. Philip Booth writes for the New Statesman

Commenting on the future of the BBC licence fee, Professor Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs and author of ‘New Vision: Transforming the BBC into a subscriber-owned mutual‘, said:

“The licence fee is an anachronism, and the BBC has become a law unto itself. It is funded via government and yet, quite rightly, not directly accountable to politicians.

“It should either be sold commercially or it should be owned as a mutual organisation by its subscribers. It would then be truly accountable to the people who chose to subscribe.”


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