2 in 3 want BBC li­cence fee scrapped

Daily Mail - - News - By Jack Doyle As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor

TWO thirds of the public think the £154.50-a-year BBC li­cence fee should be scrapped or sub­stan­tially re­formed, a sur­vey re­vealed last night.

It also found ITV is now more trusted than the BBC for news cov­er­age.

The re­sults of the Sa­vanta ComRes poll are a boost to Boris John­son as he draws up plans to de­crim­i­nalise fail­ure to pay the li­cence fee. A to­tal of 67 per cent of those sur­veyed said the li­cence fee needed to be changed, com­pared with 15 per cent who dis­agreed.

Asked who they trusted to de­liver im­par­tial and ac­cu­rate news cov­er­age, 73 per cent said ITV, com­pared with 69 per cent for BBC TV News and 39 per cent for Ra­dio 5 Live.

More than ,000 adults were polled be­tween De­cem­ber 18 and 0. Al­most half (47 per cent) agreed the UK was ‘over-de­pen­dent on the BBC as a source of news’, while one in four dis­agreed. A BBC spokesman said: ‘Re­search has shown that the BBC is seen as the most trusted, ac­cu­rate and im­par­tial source of news. This poll ap­pears to ask peo­ple ques­tions with­out any con­text.’

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