Licence Fee

Six Policies In Ukip's Manifesto That Are Actually Pretty Good (And One That Was Mysteriously Dropped)

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

If you can get past the headlines and random mentions of Vitamin D deficiency in a policy about cultural integration, Ukip's manifesto contains a few gems which even the most ardent left-winger would struggle to argue with.

If You Want To Watch iPlayer Next Year You'll Need An Account

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Tech

The BBC has announced that anyone who wants to watch iPlayer from early 2017 will need to log in. To set up an account, viewers will be required to p...

BBC Site Going Down Is A Glimpse Into 'Post-Apocalyptic' World Of Licence Fee Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK

Thousands of people were left lamenting the downfall of Britain's national broadcaster - after an hour-long shutdown of the BBC website gave what some...

The BBC Helps Shape Britain But It Must Change With the Times

Sir Peter Bazalgette | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sir Peter Bazalgette

The BBC provides a remarkable social glue, reaching more than 90% of the population every week. Our identities, our entertainment, engagement and access are all things we see delivered by the BBC's orchestras, by its network of local speech stations and its public campaigns. The BBC World Service, now funded by the licence fee, is the single biggest influencer of our international reputation. But talking of the detail, there's much heat and little light around the vexed issue of BBC governance.

If You Despise the BBC, You Will Really Enjoy Rai!

Paola Buonadonna | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK
Paola Buonadonna

But vandalising the very concept of a public service broadcasting - with its mission to be creative, inclusive, intellectually curious and journalistically challenging - doesn't get you a smaller, leaner BBC. It gets you Rai - a still expensive, monolithic structure that is very much less than the sum of its parts.

Thought BBC IPlayer Was Free? Think Again

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Politics

SEE ALSO: BBC White Paper Reveals iPlayer Charge, Forces Top Earners To Reveal Pay But Strictly Schedule Saved All users of BBC iPlayer's catch-u...

The BBC And Daily Mail Just Won't Let Their Funding Feud Lie

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK

The BBC press office was determined to have the final word in a bitter feud that erupted between the broadcaster and the Daily Mail yesterday. In r...

The BBC Press Office's Twitter Rant At The Daily Mail Is Spectacularly Brutal

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK

The BBC has hit back at the Daily Mail in a spectacular Twitter rant after a story appeared in Monday's newspaper listing the corporation's finances. ...

Here's 1.6 Million Reasons Why The BBC Licence Fee's Time Could Be Up

Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK

The BBC has come under renewed pressure after fresh figures revealed a dramatic drop in the number of viewers that fund its £3.7bn-a-year licence fee...

How Will the BBC Fare in the General Election?

Nash Riggins | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

This is it. After what's felt like an eternity, the general election is finally getting underway. Everyone who plans on voting has been registered, party manifestos have been launched and would-be politicians are producing an endless stream of tough-talking soundbites.

BBC Licence Fee: Supports Commercial Broadcasters, too

Tony Ballard | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony Ballard

The Committee suggests that the licence fee should be extended to cover catch-up TV and that some BBC services might be provided on subscription. But beyond this it recommends only "careful thought".

Last Chance for the BBC Trust?

Paul Blanchard | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK
Paul Blanchard

Is Rona Fairhead doomed to be the very last chair of the BBC Trust? The chair is a basket-case of a job in which you can please no one, achieve nothing and the chances are high that you'll end up wondering why you ever applied in the first place.

Scrap the BBC Licence Fee: Pay More, Get Less

Robin Lustig | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

As a sales pitch, perhaps it leaves something to be desired. "Pay more, get less." Who could resist? Yet for reasons that I have never understood, that's exactly what's on offer from those people who argue that it's time to scrap the BBC licence fee and switch to some form of subscription-based financing.

Why Everyone Benefits From the BBC's Bold Move to Open Up More to Indie Production

Jez Nelson | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jez Nelson

Tony Hall has recognised that this model is unsustainable, old fashioned and just wrong. In an increasingly fragmented media world none of us can rely on audience brand loyalty, we have to always do the very best we can.

Why the BBC's Worth It

Wendy Jones | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Wendy Jones

As the corporation gears up to negotiating the renewal of the Royal Charter and defending the licence fee (why Ian Fletcher was brought in, after all), W1A is a reminder of why the BBC is worth it. Ok, there are a few other reasons, like BBC News and Radio 4 and live music and (now) the World Service.... You don't have to like them all, just enough of them.

Noel Edmonds: 'I Want To Buy The BBC'

PA | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

The BBC is "sleepwalking to destruction", veteran presented Noel Edmonds said as he explained his hope to buy the corporation along with a consortium ...

'What Would Britain Look Like Without The BBC?'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK

BBC director-general Lord Hall has warned that threats from senior Tories to cut the corporation's licence fee revenues would force it to cut services...

How Many Were Jailed For Not Paying TV Licence Fines?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK

The BBC has come under fire after official figures showed that 107 people had been jailed in just over two years for failing to paying fines for not h...

Tories Take On The BBC

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK

The Tory chairman has threatened the BBC with a cut in its licence fee if it doesn't become more transparent. Grant Shapps said the corporation had...

BBC - Time to Think Again About Licence Fee

Tony Ballard | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tony Ballard

Finland has found a novel way around that problem. Since January, the licence fee has been replaced by a new mandatory Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) tax, payable at 0.68% of taxable income, but not less than €50 nor more than €140.

BBC 'Paid Too Much To Senior Staff' In Redundancy Payments

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK

BBC pay-offs to senior staff have breached the corporation's own guidelines by being over-generous and have "put public trust at risk", the National A...

The BBC Needs a New USP

M.R. Hall | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
M.R. Hall

In short, the BBC is flush with cash - nearly £5 billion each year - but doesn't quite know what it should be doing with it. It's not quite sure if it's a quasi-business or a public service, it's nervous of sounding patrician and it's terrified of taking big creative risks for fear of losing ratings.

The BBC's Cuts to Local Radio Are Simply Unfair

Luciana Berger | Posted 01.12.2011 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

In times like these, when money is tight it's only right that the BBC looks at where it can reduce its costs. But it is just as important that this is done in a way that is fair and protects local services and jobs where possible. Currently they aren't as 280 of the 380 jobs scheduled to be lost in the English regions, will come from local radio.