BBC ‘proposes scrapping licence fee’

Although the TV licence is a compulsory annual payment of £145.50 that each household needs legally to watch TV, our panel were split relatively down the middle when it came to the supposed changes from a TV licence to a opt-in subscription service. Just under 46% of our panel of UK consumers wanted the TV licence system to remain the same.

Videopinions for scrapping the licence fee:

– 54% of the panel wanted to see a change in the laws around the TV licence, with a number agreeing that it is unfair to expect every household to pay for a TV licence regardless of how much of the BBC they watch. Owen, from Potters Bar, described the TV licence as “an out of date concept”.

– On the whole, the majority that wanted the TV licence scrapped tended to be the younger members of our panel, that commented on the availability of programming for free or on a monthly subscription basis that is now widely available online. With a number stating that as students, they find it difficult to afford the extra cost of a TV licence.

– Many liked to idea of only paying for what they watch, as the majority felt that this could work out cheaper for them as they don’t regularly watch live TV.

– This proportion of the panel also seemed much more inclined to having adverts on the BBC, feeling that every other channel has adverts so they are now used to interrupted television. Others commented on the ability to record all their favourite shows, so whether there are adverts or not, they can skip through the bits they don’t want to see.

Videopinions against scrapping the licence fee:

– A high proportion of the panel would not like to see the licence fee scrapped. There was a general theme that every household paying a standard amount ensures the BBC to continue to broadcast a number of quality and diverse programmes.

– The programmes can be monitored and moderated. The BBC is a unique broadcaster, in the sense that they will broadcast a wide range of programmes for the general public, instead of only the most popular money making programmes. This variety and inclusiveness is guaranteed by the funding from the TV licences.

– The TV licence isn’t too much money, many felt that a shift towards a subscription service will lead to an eventual rise in cost as there will be a number of people opting to not pay for their television.

– A number of the panel commented on how proud British broadcasting makes them, that we make some of the best television in the world that is then sold to other countries, which brings in more money from the service. The panel thought that with a lack of funding, the BBC would have to take further cuts and loose the level of quality.