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Cuts Watch #135: TV Licence

18 Jul 2010, by in Cuts Watch

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has floated the possibility of a cut in the licence fee – and thus in funding for the BBC. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Mr. Hunt said that “there are huge numbers of things that need to be changed at the BBC” and “they need to demonstrate the very constrained financial situation we are now in.”

“The BBC should not interpret the fact that we haven’t said anything about the way licence fee funds are used as an indication that we are happy about it,” he added.

These comments were made in the context of a discussion about the licence fee renewal, due next year. Asked if he “could envisage” the BBC having a lower licence fee he replied “Absolutely. I think that’s the discussion that we need to have.”

In response, the BBC has argued that it is already introducing austerity measures, such as reduced pensions and a cuts in the total spent on senior managers’ salaries.

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  2. Dave Jones
    Jul 26th 2010, 11:30 am

    The focus on the BBC spending and salaries does nothing to put the spotlight on private media comanies such as ITV and Sky. The implication being that the BBC Licence fee is a burden. In fact as well as the subscription costs to Sky all consumers pay towards the advertising costs on commercial television and radio. Advertisers build in the costs of advertising to their products and therefore as consumers we pay more for products because of this burden. If the salaries of BBC executives and staff are being opened up to public scrutiny, should we not be demanding the same of any other public broadcaster in the commercial/private sector!