The BBC is once again in the firing line and Prime Minister Boris Johnson hinted yesterday that if he wins Thursday´s election the licence fee may be scrapped.

The Conservative Party has never been a big supporter of the BBC and Johnson is not the first Prime Minister to question the way the public broadcaster is funded. But perhaps Johnson may have a point. In the days when the so-called terrestrial channels ruled supreme the licence fee was probably justified; every home in Britain would watch BBC programmes or listen to the radio, but these days I am not so sure.

The growth of new channels, such as Netflix or even Sky does mean that households can live without the BBC. Now, obviously it is a great organisation and produces some first rate programmes but perhaps households in Britain should be offered a form of subscription rather than the licence fee being levied directly. Why not let the public decide whether or not they want a subscription to the BBC like the private channels? These days it does make sense.

I would also say that the BBC has failed to move with the times. There are many programmes which have been hugely successful on private channels, such as The Crown, which you would have thought would have been almost compulsory for the BBC, to buy or even co-produce. The viewing tastes of the British public are changing and more and more private channels are coming online. The BBC can´t struggle on, it will have to change.


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STAN / Hace over 2 years

I have toured the old BBC building in Wood lane, now utilized by ITV. Most personnel and programming was moved to Salford. Manchester. Because the Beeb could no longer afford London Rates for their business. I have been involved with TV and Radio. I constantly advocated that the Corporation raise revenue in the same manner as ITV, by advertising. There were many objections to this method. but there would be no more detector van patrols etc. With increased revenues, it would bring better programs. With no more Licence administration costs, the viewers would get a much better service.


James Noel / Hace over 2 years

The BBC has shot itself in the foot with its biased coverage of Brexit and the current general election campaign. It is the organ of the establishment and is only interested in the opinions of people South of the Watford gap.