Gloria de Piero: Does what has happened over the last couple of months make it harder for the BBC to justify the licence fee?
Jeremy Hunt: I think if they don’t sort this out very very quickly then yes, we will in the next few years be going back into the debate about whether the licence fee can be justified. There are voices that say in a multi-platform, multi-channel age the BBC should be a subscription service that you should be able to opt-in to, not be forced to pay the licence fee for and the justification of the licence fee is that the BBC does things that the market alone won’t provide. So I think the lesson from this is the BBC has got to be behaving like a commercial viewer, a commercial channel and it’s got to start behaving like the gold-standard that we all want to BBC to be.
Gloria de Piero: So the BBC should realise the future of the license fee as far as you’re concerned is at stake over all this?
Jeremy Hunt: Well I think it will affect the debate over the licence fee if there are not able to restore trust very quickly.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Jeremy Hunt Questions Future of BBC Licence Fee
In an interview with the GMTV Sunday Programme the new Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt openly questions the future of the BBC licence fee. Good for him.