2 in 3 want BBC licence fee scrapped
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.’