Andrew Bridgen calls for BBC to move to subscription model rather than force licence fee on over-75s

11th June 2019

Andrew Bridgen calls for the BBC to move to a subscription model and sell its services all around the world rather than force the over-75s to pay the licence fee.

Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that instead of forcing the over-75s to pay the compulsory TV tax, with the threat of criminal prosecution, the BBC, which consistently tells me that it is the best in the world, should move to a subscription model and sell its services to those who wish to buy them all across the world? The current system is completely unfair, because every time it is heads the BBC wins, tails the taxpayer loses again.

As my hon. Friend knows, the question of replacing the licence fee with a subscription model or any other model was considered relatively recently and the licence fee model was considered still to be the best one to pursue. I do not believe this is the right time to review that question.

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