The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) said that it is considering scrapping its court-enforced license fee funding mechanism, in favour of attaching a tax on citizens’ broadband connections.
The United Kingdom’s TV tax-funded news outlet said that even though it still favours the licence fee, it is going to consider having its financing “connected directly to an existing common household bill”.
This could be in the form of broadband, council tax, or additional utility bills. “This could be a significant change for the UK, and we are not, at this phase, advocating it,” the corporation said in its submission to the Guardian. “It will, however, raise an interesting question as to if the current system might be made much simpler, more efficient, and more automatic. We’re open to exploring this further,” the broadcaster added.
Currently, the BBC receives the majority of its funding from a mandatory £154.50 license fee on anyone who watches colour television or lives programming in the UK, irrespective of whether or not they watch programs from your broadcaster. Those who refuse to pay the fee face fines and possible jail time.