The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Subscripti­on would cost more, says BBC boss


BBC director-general Tony Hall has signalled viewers will have to pay more should a subscripti­on model replace the licence fee.

The crossbench peer said everybody paying something results in producing “great services for a lot less” than if a subscripti­on model or other method was used.

He said the £145.50 charge still has another 10 years of life, claiming the corporatio­n’s audience believes the case for the fee has strengthen­ed.

Speaking on BBC1’s the Andrew Marr Show, Lord Hall also said a “household tax”, as proposed by the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, is a “very interestin­g idea”.

He added there is broad agreement for the licence fee to be reformed to ensure “everyone is paying equally for it and I would go along with that”.

Lord Hall said the type of reform is up to the Government to decide and the BBC to debate, adding: “It could be a household tax, I don’t know whether that works or not.”

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