Fund re­view

Daily Star - - NEWS - ■ by ROBIN COT­TLE

PRIME Min­is­ter Boris John­son is be­lieved to be plan­ning a ma­jor re­view of the TV li­cence.

He is con­sid­er­ing ap­point­ing John Whit­ting­dale as Cul­ture Sec­re­tary – one of the BBC’s harsh­est crit­ics.

Mr John­son is ex­pected to con­duct a mini Cabi­net reshuf­fle this morn­ing with a come­back for Mr Whit­ting­dale un­der dis­cus­sion.

The MP was sacked by Theresa May af­ter back­ing Brexit in the ref­er­en­dum.

Un­der David Cameron he launched a re­view of the li­cence fee and warned the Beeb it must re­form in the face of com­pe­ti­tion from stream­ing ser­vices such as Net­flix and Ama­zon.

Mr Whit­ting­dale said: “The BBC needs to adapt to a dif­fer­ent world.” ●

THE Gov­ern­ment has ruled out a sec­ond Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum as First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon in­sisted Scot­land “can­not be im­pris­oned in the Union against its will”.

Michael Gove said the Tories would “ab­so­lutely” not hold another pub­lic vote re­gard­less of how Scot­land votes in the 2021 Holy­rood elec­tion.

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