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Should the UK Requirement For a Television Licence Be Abolished?
The requirement for every UK household to have a television licence to view content from non-BBC providers should be abolished.
If an individual wishes to have a TV - but does not wish to view/ listen to BBC Services, and therefore does not wish to pay for said BBC services - it is unthinkable to charge them as such.
It amounts to extortion. To have a TV, you are forced to pay a fee that goes to a broadcasting station, under penalty of imprisonment. You are forced to support an organization to which you do not belong.
State broadcasting doesn't need to be widespread and on many channels. Their focus should be informing the public, nothing more. Entertainment is up to commercial radio and television channels.
TV licences are essentially a
This means that regardless of relative wealth or income, every household pays the same flat fee if they own a television. This is unfair because the wealthy pay less than the poor relative to their income.
If the BBC became subsciption-based, not only will people not be forced to have a service and tax they don't want, the BBC would have to become more competitive and produce better material seeing as it would not be publicly funded.
If the BBC is funded by anything other than a public licence fee, it will lose its charter to require it to free from bias, political or otherwise. It may not be perfect, but it's by far the closest the UK has to an unbiased news source.
Without the funds from TV licences, the BBC would be unable to create the same volume and diversity of content.
It could be expensive to create the technologies needed to move to a new subscription model as the BBC currently has no link between the licence billing system and BBC iPlayer accounts.
Cutting the TV licence would give rise to the more common acceptance of commercial television. This would in turn lead to advertising standards dropping and an increase in advert time & a much more blurred line between advertisement and content.
The abolition of a TV Licence could make it more difficult for the elderly and less technically competent to access BBC television services.
The TV Licence does not solely fund the BBC
- it also covers to a small extent, the national broadband rollout, regional broadcasters, Channel 4 (partially) and S4C. The government has also saddled the free licences for over 75's cost onto the BBC.
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