Cuts Watch #135: TV Licence
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.