Can you justify the licence fee in 2015?
The licence fee is a bugbear for many and again, it is coming under attack, this time with the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee saying that, as it stands, the current subscription system isn't really justifiable.
As you'll know, it is mandatory for anyone who has a TV to have a TV licence if you're going watch live broadcasts, and it costs you £145.50 every year. You'll also know that loads of people don't pay it on principal, for a whole host of reasons.
The MPs have knocked their heads together and said that the way we pay for the BBC is likely to change in the next 15 years.
"In the short term, there appears to be no realistic alternative to the licence fee, but that model is becoming harder and harder to justify and sustain," said committee chairman John Whittingdale.
It looks like this notion has come about thanks to the change in attitudes to the way people watch things, with more people utilising subscription services like Netflix and Amazon TV. With catch-up TV services, you don't really need a TV licence to watch them. That means we could see the BBC having shows behind paywalls.
The report also suggested that it might be an idea to change legislation so that it is no longer a criminal offence if you don't have a TV licence. "We recommend that as a minimum the licence fee must be amended to cover catch-up television as soon as possible," added the report. Maybe the BBC could move toward a HBO model, as seen in the States? Either way, it looks like things are getting shaken up with licence fee.