BBC should look outside fee says Sergeant
Ex-BBC correspondent John Sergeant has said non-payment of the licence fee should be decriminalised.
He said the annual £157.50 licence fee should be frozen and the BBC should be “forced” to earn more by other means.
His comments come as the UK government is set to announce its response to a consultation on decriminalising licence fee evasion. The BBC has warned that switching to a civil system would cost the broadcaster more than £200 million a year. Sergeant wrote in Radio Times magazine: “Despite the likely loss in revenue, the BBC should also accept that failing to pay the licence fee is no longer a criminal offence.”
A consultation has evaluated whether criminal sanctions for then onpayment of the licence fee should be replaced.