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There's been a lot of talk recently concerning the future of the BBC, with some claiming the licence fee should be scrapped. But whatever you might have heard that won't happen anytime soon, according to BBC director general Tony Hall.

Hall predicts the fee – currently set at £145.50 a year, though this will increase with inflation – will stay in place beyond 2028, when the corporation's next charter expires.

"The licence fee is secure for the next 11 years," Hall told the Voice of the Listener and Viewer Conference in London last week.

"That was a very important battle to have won. I don't think that's going to fall apart, that people are suddenly going to want subscription. I think the licence fee has got 11 years in it, I think it's got beyond that. I think it's got another life."

Despite his confidence, he claimed the battle to secure the licence fee was far from over.

"We have got to keep arguing for it and arguing for the good value you get from it," he said. "When I meet people from outside this country they can't believe the value you get from £145.50 per household."

He added that the corporation should "think very hard about the next 11 years" and should be in "campaign mode" instead of resting on its laurels.

"We shouldn't say 'Ok, the charter is done and dusted' and wake up... in ten years' time and 11 years' time and end up with whatever we get."

However, some experts claim that in an age of streaming services, the licence fee will soon be redundant. Instead, they propose a tax in which households would pay a levy for the BBC's services, the same funding model that's used in Germany.


Radio Times

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