Licence Fee

Last Chance for the BBC Trust?

Paul Blanchard | Posted 05.02.2015 | 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.