11 June 2019
Andrew Bridgen calls for BBC to move to subscription model rather than force licence fee on over-75s

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.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

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.

Jeremy Wright

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.


Letter to Director General of the BBC, Lord Hall