TV licence could be scrapped for -style subscription

TV licence could be scrapped for -style subscription when all viewers have access to superfast broadband, media minister says BBC urged to scrap the fee amid accusations it doesn't offer 'value for money' Media minister John Whittingdale admitted the BBC was 'open to criticism'  Call to 'revoke' licence 'using legislation' signed by more than 110,000 people Petition was triggered by the BBC's decision to end free TV licences for over-75s

By Paul Revoir Media Editor For The Daily Mail and Amie Gordon For Mailonline

Published: 08:58 GMT, 2 March 2021 | Updated: 08:58 GMT, 2 March 2021

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The increasingly 'woke' BBC should scrap the TV licence, Tory MPs demanded yesterday.

The broadcaster was urged to scrap the 'obsolete' fee amid accusations it does not offer 'value for money', with suggestions a subscription service like would be better.

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Media minister John Whittingdale said the damage streaming services like were doing to the BBC's audiences did 'beg the question' whether the licence fee model can continue.

But he suggested a -style model would only work when every household had superfast broadband.  

The broadcaster was urged to scrap the 'obsolete' fee amid accusations it does not offer 'value for money'

The broadcaster was urged to scrap the 'obsolete' fee amid accusations it does not offer 'value for money'

Media minister John Whittingdale said the damage streaming services like Netflix were doing to the BBC's audiences did 'beg the question' whether the licence fee model can continue

Media minister John Whittingdale said the damage streaming services like were doing to the BBC's audiences did 'beg the question' whether the licence fee model can continue

BBC 'bullies' spent £7m on fee threats 

The BBC sent out more than 26million ‘bullying’ letters at a cost of about £7million over ten months last year as the country battled the pandemic. 

Figures released under Freedom of Information rules show that between the start of March and the end of December last year, TV Licensing sent 26,499,693 letters to ‘unlicensed properties’.

On average it cost the licensing body 27p in postage to send ‘standard’ letters, figures show. 

This means the cost of posting these letters would be about £7million. The true cost, which also includes printing and other costs, is thought to be much higher but the BBC refused to reveal this amount.

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The figures also show that for the last full financial year – 2019/20 – a total of 34.3million of these letters were sent out. This was up from 28.6million in 2016/17. 

An annual colour TV licence costs £157.50, but the charge is increasing to £159 from April 1.

Tory MP Peter Bone said: ‘The BBC are just not in the same world as everyone else. They live in their own elite bubble. The last people they care about is the licence fee payer. They’re quite happy to pay fortunes to celebrities but they don’t seem to care tuppence about people, many

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