British Culture Minister Nandin Doris announced today that the government has decided to freeze BBC funding for two years, in a bid to protect what it claims are citizens’ financial resources.
Doris said the usage fee, a small tax paid by all households with a TV, would be frozen for two years. Then, for the next four, it will adjust following the course of inflation.
The government will look into the future of this reciprocal fee that finances public television against the backdrop of new technologies that have emerged and revolutionized the media landscape since the BBC was founded 100 years ago.
“It’s time to start asking these really serious questions about the BBC’s long-term funding model,” Doris told parliament. “And to consider whether the mandatory leave fee, with criminal penalties (for non-payment) for households is now the appropriate way of financing,” he added.
According to the minister, the fee will be frozen at 159 pounds per year (190 euros) per household by 2024. With the new regulation, the BBC will receive a total of around 3.7 billion pounds, but analysts point out that a budget lower inflation will force public television to cut its services.
The BBC has clashed in recent years with the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and ministers have accused it of failing to provide impartial information.
Lucy Powell, the Labor Party’s spokeswoman for culture, told parliament that the funding freeze was an attack on one of Britain’s most important institutions and accused Doris of “cultural vandalism”.
Source From: Capital