In a major new report, the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has called for major reforms to the BBC’S funding, calling for the license fee to be brought up to date with “a rapidly evolving media environment.”
The report also suggests that the current criminal penalties and enforcement for non-payment of the licence fee are “anachronistic and out of proportion with responses to non-payment for other services.”
However, while it recommends a process of decriminalisation, it still stresses the necessity for alternative measures, such as a broadcasting levy on all households, though it remains open to the idea of a future subscription for BBC services.
“In the short term, there appears to be no realistic alternative to the licence fee, but that model is becoming harder and harder to justify and sustain,” says committee member John Whittingdale, MP.
Marina Kalkanis, Head of Core Services, Programmes On Demand, BBC and Nick Coulter, Head of Digital, BBC Worldwide will be appearing at TV Connect (28th – 30th April 2015 ExCel, London)