BBC agree that TV licence needs updating
MPs have said that it is hard to justify the TV licence fee as it stands, and it turns out that the BBC agree, with boss Tony Hall saying the Auntie is at "a crossroads", with the licence fee in need of being updated.
The people of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee said that, instead of a licence that you have to buy and renew, there should be a universal household levy, which means that everyone pays for the BBC whether they watch TV or not. That'll be controversial.
Hall says: "We've always said that the licence fee should be updated to reflect changing times. I welcome the committee's endorsement of our proposal to make people pay the licence fee even if they only watch catch-up television."
"The committee has suggested another route to modernising the licence fee - a universal household levy. Both proposals have the same goal in mind: adapting the licence fee for the internet age. This is vital. Because I believe we need and we will need what the licence fee - in whatever form - makes happen more than ever."
The MPs report said that the licence fee needs to include the fact that iPlayer exists, which you don't need a licence for. It said: "The German model of a broadcasting levy on all households is our preferred alternative to the TV licence. Such a levy on all households would obviate the need to identify evaders and would be a fairer way of ensuring those people who use only BBC radio and online services contribute to their costs."
"A broadcasting levy which applied to all households regardless of whether or not householders watched live television would help support the use of a small proportion of the revenue raised for funding public service content and services by others, enhancing plurality."
So for those who resent paying the licence fee at all, would now possibly have it taken straight from their wages. Presumably, they'd prefer a subscription based model, as seen in North America with cable channels and the like.
If the licence fee is changing, it looks like it is going to become mandatory, whether you like it or not.