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BBC warning: ‘Ridiculous’ broadcaster told it is ‘not fit for purpose’ amid taxpayer anger
November 6, 2020
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Jonathan Gullis MP claimed the BBC is “no longer fit for purpose” as it scrapped the free TV licence for over-75s. He claimed that the broadcaster is trying to act like Netflix without the financing. Speaking to Defund the BBC, Mr Gullis said: “The comments I got from my constituents said it’s time to scrap the licence fee.
“It’s no longer fit for purpose.
“You need to remember the licence fee was introduced in 1948 when it was designed for the one channel.
“That was because we wanted people to be able to access the news and have some sort of programming equally across the country.
“The BBC for me has outgrown itself.
“It’s got a ridiculous amount of channels.
“It’s invested in all this other project work.
“I think the reason their finances are in the state they’re in is because they’ve tried to act like Netflix without having any of the finance behind them.
“And forgetting that it’s the taxpayer that carries the buck and it simply isn’t good enough anymore.”
His comments come as the Culture Secretary has said he does not want to send a signal that it is legitimate to not pay the TV licence.
Oliver Dowden made the comment to MPs as the Government prepares to publish its response to a consultation on decriminalisation.
He also denied that decriminalising licence fee evasion was an agenda set out by Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s chief adviser.
The BBC has warned that switching to a civil system would cost the broadcaster more than £200million a year.
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“I do think there are major challenges around decriminalisation which we continue to consider,” Mr Dowden told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
“I am concerned that… we do not send a signal that it’s acceptable not to pay your TV licence. So, I’d be concerned around sending signals around non-payment.”
He added that there are “wider questions around the funding of the BBC”.
Mr Dowden “took issue” with an MP’s suggestion it was “a Dom Cummings agenda”.
The BBC told Express.co.uk that customers are able to cancel their TV licence for a number of reasons.
This includes if they no longer watch or record programmes as they are being shown on TV, on any channel.
They can also cancel if they do not watch or stream programmes live on an online TV service or downloads or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer.