Nadine Dorries blasts 'unfair' licence fee and reveals 'review' of BBC

Nadine Dorries lashes out at ‘unfairand ‘regressiveBBC licence fee and reveals an ‘extensive reviewof the broadcaster will be announced within weeks as she says it’s time to ‘wake up and smell the coffee

  • Nadine Dorries says an ‘extensivereview of BBC will be announced within weeks
  • The Culture Secretary blasts the current use of the licence fee as ‘unfair
  • Cabinet minister tells MPs the broadcasting industry is changing at ‘warp speed
  • 文化大臣 Nadine Dorries today revealed an ‘extensivereview of the 英国广播公司 will be announced within weeks as she lashed out at the ‘unfairlicence fee.

    The Cabinet minister told MPs that she wanted an independent review of the national broadcaster to begin ‘as soon as possible’.

    She described how it was ‘imperativeto take a fresh look at the BBC’s funding model ahead of its current charter ending in 2027.

    Ms Dorries branded the current use of a licence fee as an ‘unfair method of fundingand a ‘regressive tax’.

    She pointed to ‘stark figuresshowing how 30 per cent of all female convictions in England and Wales were related to non-payment of the licence fee.

    The Culture Secretary also highlighted how almost three-quarters (74 百分) of all people convicted over TV licence fee evasion were women.

    出现在下议院’ 数字, 文化, Media and Sport Committee this morning, Ms Dorries claimed it would be ‘antediluvianto suggest the licence fee was still the best method of funding the BBC.

    She told MPs that the broadcasting industry was changing at ‘warp speed’.

    Ms Dorries has already frozen the annual levy at its current £159 a year for the next two yearsas a means of helping households through the cost-of-living crisiswith it then rising in line with inflation for the following four years.

    Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries described how it was 'imperative' to take a fresh look at the BBC's funding model ahead of its current charter ending in 2027

    Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries described how it was ‘imperativeto take a fresh look at the BBC’s funding model ahead of its current charter ending in 2027

    The Cabinet minister told MPs that she wanted an independent review of the national broadcaster to begin 'as soon as possible'

    The Cabinet minister told MPs that she wanted an independent review of the national broadcaster to begin ‘as soon as possible

    Ms Dorries branded the current use of a licence fee as an 'unfair method of funding' and a 'regressive tax'

    Ms Dorries branded the current use of a licence fee as an ‘unfair method of fundingand a ‘regressive tax

    ‘We’ve come to a point actually where discussion about the future funding of the BBC, 我认为, is imperative now,’ she told the Committee.

    ‘I find it very difficult to understand why people feel 74% of all convictions of non-paying the licence fee being women is acceptable or even defendable.

    '所以, rather than wait until 2027, I’m going to announce very shortly that we’re going to start the review of the BBC licence fee and how it’s going to be funded in the future.

    Ms Dorries predicted a subscription funding model would be part of the discussions of future funding of the BBC, but said she would be ‘completely hands offwhile the review was conducted.

    She also revealed she was currently seeking a ‘wholly independentchair for the review, adding that the terms of reference of the review would be announced ‘considerably beforeMPs head off on their summer break at the end of July.

    Asked if she personally wanted the licence fee to be abolished, 多里斯女士回复了: '是, the licence fee is an unfair method of funding for the BBC.

    她补充说: ‘When we only had one, two and three channels, or four channels, I’m sure it was the right model at the right time.

    ‘But to sit here and say, all those years later in the broadcasting landscape that we are now, that a model for funding the BBC all of those years ago is still applicable and still appropriateI think is almost antediluvian.

    ‘We are at a point where we have to wake up and smell the coffee and realise that the times are changing rapidly in terms of the broadcasting landscape.

    ‘It’s time for a more effective, a more modern and fair way of funding the BBC. What that is, I don’t have an opinion on.

    Ms Dorries was challenged by senior Conservative MP Damian Green, the former Cabinet minister, as to whether the looming review would be a ‘shamas she had already made her views on the licence fee clearly known.

    He also noted how the Committee had previously found that continuing the licence fee would be the ‘least bad optionfor future funding of the BBC.

    The Culture Secretary said: ‘If the review came back to me and saidthe only fair way we think of funding the BBC moving forward is the licence fee”, it would have to have a very robust case for doing that given how unfair the licence fee is.

    ‘It is a regressive tax and it does penalise women and the poor more than it does others. I’d find it difficult to think that’s the only conclusion a review could come up with.

    Ms Dorries told MPs it was 'laughable' to suggest the sale of Channel 4 was 'revenge' for Boris Johnson being replaced by an ice sculpture during a pre-election debate in 2019

    Ms Dorries told MPs it was ‘laughableto suggest the sale of Channel 4 was ‘revengefor Boris Johnson being replaced by an ice sculpture during a pre-election debate in 2019

    Ms Dorries was also grilled about the proposed privatisation of Channel 4.

    She told MPs it was ‘laughableto suggest the sale of the broadcaster was ‘revengefor Boris Johnson being replaced by an ice sculpture during Channel 4’s pre-election debate in 2019.

    ‘I can promise you the sale of Channel 4 is something that’s been reviewed and under discussion for a considerable time, not just since the last election,’ 她说.

    But Ms Dorries did tell the Committee that the ‘edgy’ 渠道 4 News programme ‘don’t do themselves any favours sometimes’.

    ‘I’m not going to justify a news programme whose news anchor went out shouting obscenities about the Conservative Party,’ 她说, in reference to past accusations that presenter Jon Snow chanted ‘f*** the Torieswhile at Glastonbury Festival.

    The veteran journalist previously said he had ‘no recollection of what was chanted’.