BBC funding row: alternatives to the licence fee

  The BBC is facing a funding crisis after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries announced that the licence fee is to be frozen for the next two years – and then potentially axed entirely from 2027. Addressing the Commons last week, Dorries said that a government review into whether a mandatory licence fee was still “appropriate” would start “shortly”. * SEE MORE The BBC’s battle to retain top talent * SEE MORE Who will replace Laura Kuenssberg as BBC political editor? * SEE MORE Why the BBC is bracing for another hiring row with No. 10 Following the two-year freeze, the BBC licence fee  will rise in line with inflation for a further four years. The fee’s existence is “guaranteed” until at least 31 December 2027 by the broadcaster’s Royal charter, which “sets out its funding and existence”, the BBC  explained.  Under the current funding model, the majority of the BBC’s income comes from the fee, although a “significant portion” is generated through its commercial operations, saidFullFact . .. Full story on 

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