With the soon to be released conclusion of a consultation which has looked at how taxpayers money is spent on the BBC, culture secretary Oliver Dowden said he is “highly likely” opt for the decriminalisation of the BBC license fee.
It’s said that this decision will be a massive hammer blow to the BBC and will mean they can no longer drag people to court who don’t pay the license fee. Decriminalisation of the broadcasters license fee is going to cost the BBC £1billion annually.
A source from the Whitehall said: “The consultation is finished and the conclusions will be published soon, but it is now highly likely that decriminalisation will happen.”
As it stands at the minute, courts can serve you a £1000 fine for non-payment, with a prison sentence if you refuse to pay. It’s said between 2015 and 2019, 91 people were jailed by the broadcasts for non-payment with the vast majority being women from very low-income families.
With last weeks show of British hatred from the broadcaster by refusing to play Rule Britannia and Land of hope and glory with words at last night of the proms. This refusal to play the songs as traditionally done for decades was due to woke claims by the event organisers about the songs glorifying slavery.
With these claims, the defund the BBC movement has seen a massive surge in support of people now saying that they will be stopping the payment of their licence fee in the disgust of their decision mute the lyrics from the songs. This falls in conjunction with anger with over the over 75s now being forced to pay the license fee.
For months salaries paid in the millions to presenters has also been in questions, especially as these high rolling presenters become more woke and political in their views which are then presented through their shows and on social media.
During the Brexit referendum, and post Brexit referendum period, the broadcaster seemed always to promote pro-remain views compared to that on the leave side who won the referendum result. Whether it was on political shows where remain commentators still outnumbered leave commentators, the bias was evident for all to see. This bias was even supported by tallied numbers showing the representation from both sides when Brexit was the spoken subject. Remainers seemed always to have the majority crop of support.
Last week Director-General Lord Hall said the license fee should be redesigned – rebranded into another household tax. He said: “I think finding ways in which the licence fee can be charged progressively so those who can afford to pay more and those who can’t afford to pay less, should be looked at.
“Should it be collected in a way on household bills, council tax bills, to cut down the cost?’
He added: “If you want to have something good, a public service available to all, then that has to be funded by all, not by subscription or behind some paywall.”
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