BBC licence fee is “anachronistic and in dire need of reform”, says IEA expert
IEA responds to NAO report on the BBC licence fee
Responding to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) on the future of the BBC licence fee, Professor Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow at the free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs and author of ‘New Vision: Transforming the BBC into a subscriber-owned mutual’ said:
“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 The licence fee model has been outdated for many years and no longer reflects the reality either of the public’s viewings habits or broadcasting technology.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. Requiring anyone owning a television set to fund the BBC – regardless of whether or not they watch BBC programming – while its audience becomes increasingly narrow, is difficult to justify.
“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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