TV licence is frozen until 2013
The BBC has today announced it will freeze the licence fee at £145.50 until 2013. Good news if you're the sort to actually pay your licence. However, it isn't all good news as this could well mean cuts in TV and radio programming budgets. Well, no-one is going to willingly take a pay cut or stop taking so many taxis to work (you know who you are, BBC employees).
This all comes about after intense political pressure from the government who have wanted to break-up the Beeb for a while, with this move taken out under the veil of wanting Auntie to recognise the difficult economic environment and how everyone is making sacrifices.
The BBC have done their sums and reckon that this will take £144m out of the BBC budget which "will require some on-air changes", the BBC trust said.
There's also a review afoot to identify long-term efficiencies after 2013, which look to find out whether new structures and working cultures could help to reduce the BBC's cost base. The National Audit Office is assisting the corporation with this work it is reported.
Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, said to the Telegraph: "I have made it clear that the BBC needs to take proper account of the current economic climate and this move, which comes with the Trust’s assurances that it will not significantly impact on the quality of services provided to licence fee payers, will be welcomed by the public."
Is it welcomed? Does this reek of bad news to you? Or are you happy to see someone telling the BBC to sort their ship out? Or are you completely ambivalent?