The cost of the annual television licence fee is set to increase from £154.50 to £157.50, the BBC has announced. The price hike will come into effect on April 1, and will also see the cost of an annual black and white licence rise from £52.00 to £53.00. This comes days after the company announced plans to take the axe to 450 jobs across its organisation to save £80million and after receiving several accusations of “Remainer bias”.
Tory sources were reportedly furious at the BBC’s handling of Brexit day, claiming it showed an in-built left-wing bias among the corporation’s senior managers against Brexit.
One senior Conservative source said: “Only the BBC could have a special programme on Brexit where the studio is emblazoned with EU colours, they refuse to run the Prime Minister’s address, get to Brexit 15 mins in then go to Farage, Widdecombe and a load of Remainers”
There was also anger at what Brexit supporters claim was the disparaging way the BBC and other broadcasters portrayed the celebrations in Parliament Square, with accusations the size of the crowds was underplayed.
Ian Dale, the Conservative commentator and LBC presenter, wrote on Twitter: “How is it that our public service broadcaster refuses to carry any of the Prime Minister’s address to the nation, on a night that is of huge significance to the future of our country?”
Nigel Farage’s vision for a ‘cut back to the bone’ BBC revealed (Image: GETTY)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)
As the public outcry continues, a 2014 report by The Independent has resurfaced, in which Nigel